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In dreamy pursuit of last year’s ‘Loyalty Does Not End With Death’ beauty, Abrahamsson & P-Orridge reprise their spectral duo in an absorbing bonus excursion for iDEAL.
Throbbing Gristle’s erstwhile front-pandrogyne returns to play the role of voice-in-your-head while Abrahamsson coolly shapes the space around them in a style that’s informed their ongoing collaboration since the first meeting of his White Stains project and Psychick TV in 1990.
Cut to 45rpm vinyl with one side a piece, the EP optimally highlights two works not found on their 2019 LP. The A-side ’s Slowly’ is a quietly unsettling sort of ether-dream sequence featuring Gen drawling their poetry in a slightly croaky, Burroughsian fashion thru a series of hyaline chamber harmonics, with a titular focus on reducing your heart rate in order for the hypnotic delivery and illusive sound design to really take hold.
The B-side’s ’Third Minds Think Alike’ follows in empathic style, with exquisitely smooth, anaesthetising electronics framing a delayed conversation between Gen’s stream-of-consciousness preaching on pandrogyny, social media, self-agency, and the rage of new generations against the shackles of DNA. Lovely easy-listening stuff, then.