Elon KatzThe Human Pet
Structured around a schizoid yet coherent juncture of EBM, IDM, curdled rock music and art school techno-pop, The Human Pet is riddled with idiosyncratic notions on “cryptic topics like rebirth, nullification in stream speed adaptivity, dependence and wealth inequality” to portray a unique intellect and sonic vocabulary operating at the crux of his expressive powers.
The project began circa 2012, around the time of Katz’s relocation from L.A. to art school in Chicago, and cocks a canny snook, both thru candid lyrics and obsessive edits, back towards the megatropolis where he was born and spent much of his youth. It can therefore be considered an attempt to better understand himself in relief of big city manias by channelling and parsing his own stubborn outsider personality from the madness.
To our ears it feels like a concise dissection of Chicago’s industrial history and Californian digital psychedelia; probing at their twisted, fluoro guts with the inquisitive nature of a mad scientist or psycho-analyst between the yelping, warped and hyper-piquant yacht boogie of The Rhino Powder of New Sensitivity and a heavily affected dislocation of harmonised pop hooks and whirring body mechanics in Clean Crash.
It all occupies a strange perch between introspective and exuberant, veering from mid-‘90s AFXian pop rephlexion in You Are Alone, to signature Diagonal tackle in the gas-chugging EBM-pop force of The Human Pet, whereas Unarmed twists into fractal phantasia, all of which maintain a thread of logic that belies the record’s vintaging period of refinement and distillation.
There can be little doubt that this is one of the most complex, rigorous and distinctive in Diagonal’s catalogue. Closer
|Titel:||The Human Pet|
|Format:||Vinyl LP, Vinyl, LP|
|Pressung:||EU – Original|
|Genre:||Electronic / Dance|
|Style:||Downbeat / Electronica / Leftfield|
|Gewicht:||250g (plus 250g Verpackung)|