Boomkat Product Review:
Icy, destructive noise-pop from Mykki Blanco and Jacques Greene collaborators, Naked; ratcheting the shoegaze sensuality of their debut, Youth Mode with a more belligerent, aggressive allure and hyperreal intensity no doubt factored by production from Paul Corley (0PN, Ben Frost, Anohni), all for LuckyMe.
Placing Agnes Gryczkowska’s bittersweet, naif vocals in the midst of bellicose drums and a forcefield of spirit-flaying distortion, Zone is a majestically fierce statement from the Edinburgh-based duo, one “reflecting a disenchanted youth’s masochism of digital-overloading” from every angle.
Like a scowling, monochrome sibling to The Bug or Salem produced by The Haxan Cloak, they trade in razor toothed trap beats smothered with incendiary noise texture in ten parts, with the most captivating moments reserved to the blown-out lurch of Body Mod and the earth-scooping subs of Skinlessly.
If we’ve any gripes it’s that Agnes’ vocals could certainly use some more variation, but lovers of chest-burst emo pop and monochrome clobber will find a lot to latch onto.