Boomkat Product Review:
Previously unheard 2nd LP by San Francisco’s arch post-punk and synth-pop group, Units, co-produced by the prolific Bill Nelson, yet never released after it was made in 1982 due to label issues at the time.
Realised in the wake of their classic touchstone, Digital Stimulation (1980), which found favour in San Fran’s gay discos and in the early cosmic Italo disco scene, the group’s 2nd LP Animals They Dream About clearly builds on their Devo-gone-to-the-disco sound with 10 lean and electric dance tracks mixing up synth-pop, post-punk and disco with a sound unique to their regional club and gig scene.
The taut, clean surfaces and nervy, deriving rhythms inside were certainly ahead of their time in 1981, and are perhaps best compared with what was coming out of Sheffield at the same time, although the lyrical reference points and accents are maybe closer to their US contemporaries, Talking Heads.
There’s some choice stuff for the DJs in here, and likewise the new wave completists and fetishists.