PHILOSOPHY OF SOUND — Fragile Disco EP
PETE WALSH treks through a disco-tainted release of urban electro.
Philosophy Of Sound have an unusual penchant for making people feel filthy just listening to their music. With the dramatic bass of Barry White-like vocals on It Is Like That, I can’t help but feel like some sort of sexual deviant for enjoying the tune. The whole EP is based on repetition — it’s the same mantra on each track: insert chanted automaton vocals, a 4/4 bass line and a drum machine with cowbell set to stun.
Perhaps it’s my disdain for remixes talking, but the EP seems a little ho-hum. That said, the industrial back-alley beats of Fragile Disco paint a filthy rave scene minus the fluorescent glow-sticks and neon paraphernalia. The bizarre inception of a new wave stylistic on top of distinctly urban electro is incredibly reminiscent of Vince Noir’s jazz-violated band in The Mighty Boosh. The organ overtures featuring on most tracks add to the urbane dystopian feel of the EP, withthe disco influence most noticeable on the remix of It Is Like That.
Apart from the surprising occasional interjection of palm-muted guitar riffs, there’s very little that isn’t repeated across the EP. It’s the same, but ever so marginally different.
PETE WALSH is an ex-Rave contributor and vagrant writer, a literati, music aficionado and coffee snob.