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Mecanica unearth a precious stack of spunky ‘80s “Techno-Pop” from lesser-known niches of the underground American wave...
The idea of “Techno-Pop” will surely evoke myriad different definitions, depending on who you ask. But according to Mecanica, its US iteration sounds like Hysterica Passio, Doppler Effect (note the space!), Schneebezen, Cinema 90, Event, A Method of Danse, and their ilk.
All sourced from rare tape compilations, one-off singles and demos that have surfaced thru the Internet’s rhizome of diggers and cult wave fanatics, ‘Techniques’ wrangles a stylishly puckered sound adjacent to its European counterparts, but perhaps at once spikier and smoother, and more often swapping out gothic melancholy for more forward sort of American moxie.
To play favourites, Friends of the Maid impress with two bits of punchy Linn drums, new romantic vocals and shimmering cascades of FM synths and processed guitars in ‘Love Turn Around’ and ‘Waiting For A Chance’, while Doppler Effect (yep, not that one) get it right with the glyding, swooning ‘Stations of the Cross’, and Schneebezen are on the money with the Erasure/Parade Ground-esque ‘Can’t Remain A Friend’ and ‘Treasure (Dance Version)’, and, if that’s your bag, also make sure to check for the slick elan of ‘Sequin (Remix)’ and the rutting EBM/New Beat of ‘Icepick’ by Event.