CIA Debutante - Music For Small Rooms
A mere week or two after the release of the last CIA Debutante record (which we're still trying to source from the US - watch this space) is this latest 12" for New York's Ever/Never. If it's slightly confusing that the two records should arrive at the same time, then it's a least in-keeping with the disorientating and increasingly cryptic world the French duo are arranging. Much like that perfect 7" from earlier in the year, Music For Small Rooms provides more paranoid and blown-out cold-war industrial dub avantness. Comparisons to early Suicide and Cabaret Voltaire are unavoidable, but then why shouldn't they be? That's two perfectly fantastic reference points for anyone to be drawing on, and CIA Debutante appear particularly adept at it, half wreckers of civilisation, half arch-critics of a world gone fucked. Paranoia does indeed seem to be the overarching feeling here, Foucault's panopticon rendered in grey static and overlaid with a Ballardian monologue, at times also sounding like those other great avant rock deconstructivists The Shadow Ring and, in terms of contemporaries, Mosquitoes. So yeah, more strung out nightmare world vibes that sounds like nothing more than the absolute truth. Just because we're paranoid, it doesn't mean they're not out to get us...
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