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‘Duiste Kamers’ is among the tastiest new/old synth-pop records to emerge since the original late ‘70s/early ‘80s, no doubt
Loaded with the irresistible ohrwurm of ‘Geen Genade’ from 2016’s out-of-print 7” ‘Wat Voel Je Nou’, the nine concentric circles of ‘Duiste Kamers’ form De Ambassade’s definitive calling card. Puckered with hooks as memorable as the best John Maus or Victor De Roo records, but also driven by a nervous energy that loops right back to source in the DIY and tape mailing scene surrounding John Bender and early Mute artists, The Normal or Fad Gadget, the sound is achingly well executed, but also effortlessly so in a way that naturally belies Dew Ambassade’s dedication to and grasp of the original styles of NDW, UK synth-pop, and Lowlands darkwave movements.
Like we already said, album centrepiece ‘Geen Genade’ is an addictive highlight, and it also comes flanked by more hook riddled aces, notably in the meloddramatic, dirge-like ‘Zo Hoog Als De Bogen’, bearing some killer snaky bass work by Tim Francis, whose furtive spy funk bass also lights up the raga-esque mutation ‘Malefica’, while it’s also hard not to get also snagged on the sepulchral sound of his early single ‘Wat Voel Je Nou’, and the low slung rock ’n roll revs of their Suicide-esque ‘Niet Van Mij.’