Boomkat Product Review:
Oozing out of the Chicago underground courtesy of Permanent Records, a mysterious darkwave transmission from Black Math. This is their much-anticipated follow-up to a highly sought-after debut (it was limited to only 100 copies), available in an edition of 500 copies. 'Phantom Power' contains nine tracks of uniquely bleak and often harsh dark-wave pop made with electric cello, drum machines, guitars and grizzled synths, pointing to the likes of Depeche Mode and Big Black as major influences on their sound. Peering through the tape hiss fug of opener and album highlight 'Reckless Thoughts' we can also discern strains of Cold Cave or The Cure executed with panache, while there's a speed-freak grunge to the likes 'This Love's Got To Change', and 'Suck City'. Early Blank Dogs immediately spring to mind listening to their cover of The Anals 'Commando Of Love' and but they're at their most effective when the driven by stentorian drum machines on tracks like 'Bottomless Sea'. Comes with code for free download redeemable from the label.