Boomkat Product Review:
Yet another hard hitter from NY cold wave outpost and bane of Microsoft spell checkers Wierd Records. This time we find Sean Earl (aka Plastic Flowers) throwing down the gauntlet with three gruesome visions of city life on ‘Strange Neighbors’. Far from the bright eyed electronic pop Brooklyn has made its own in the last few years, Earl’s dedications are to the kind of gut-wrenching loneliness you can only find in the towering skyscrapers of the big city, and the sort of neon flicker we thought died out when Giulianni circumcised the five boroughs. My pick of the three tracks is the noisy and harrowing ‘Serious Pleasures’, which takes a Tim Hecker-esque saturated drone and sets it up against a slow-mo beat and synth line straight out of your favourite 80s movie credit sequence (or 100% Silk 12”?). A tear jerker for sure, but one with iron-clad balls – and it’s hard to argue with that.