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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Retconned's 'White Rats' offers meditative noise pop


Jon Lukens, the mastermind behind Atlanta's experimental noise pop project Retconned, just issued White Rats, a seven-song missive that dials down the controlled spasms of the project's earlier work. Released via Army of Back Luck, which also issued the Unhappenings CD and the High and Rising 7-inch, White Rats retreats from more song-oriented pieces for dark, near soundscape territory. Tracks like "White Rose," "Golden Thread," and "Top Ten" revel in the dissonant interplay of blown-out synthesizers and affected drum machines. Each piece creates an anxious vibe that both alienates and invites through warmly atonal synth chords and odd absence of vocals. Elsewhere, Lukens' signature melodies and vocal delivery recall Retconned's natural, stuttering presence. "Wave" and "Fireworks" are both peculiarly intimate sketches of art pop seductively disguised as mutant, lo-fi post punk. Check out the one-minute teaser of "White Rose" below:

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