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clock dva
buried dreams
next era   2002
 

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submitted by jc smith on 13-Aug-2002
Clock DVA is one of the progenitors of clean, cold electro industrial. Though their earliest endeavors were more from the point of view of rhythmic, almost improvisational, experimentalism, Buried Dreams was the point of transition, in which electronics became the norm, a succinct metamorphosis as the shifting of focus created one of the genre's masterpieces! The fleshy cartography of Buried Dreams is one in which psychosexual pyrotechnics are reined in by the percolating electronic beats, dramatic, slashing keyboards, wiry feedback, and so much more. Adi Newton's low-key vocals add just the right amount of subtly sinister punctuation, slithering around the perimeters with voyeuristic glee, cataloging multifarious forms of deviance as he crawls through the jittery sonic landscape. Every track is honed to perfection, each iota of sound meticulously molded, with purpose, with distinction, with vitality! Opening with the title track, taut synths lurk amidst looped female intonations of ecstasy bound in anxiety, controlled strands of feedback, and Adi's whispering, stalker-laced vocals (he is at one's neck, he is in the shadows--throughout), especially during the amplified exhalation bridge between verses. Devious! Everything that follows defines excellence within the beat-driven, industrial genre. A smattering of dynamic (there is nothing if not a sense of dynamics woven throughout Buried Dreams' swathed in mystery, sordid tapestry) impressions: The ricochet keyboard/percussion interplay punctuated by stark synths during Hide. The brooding, wind-swept synths of The Unseen, accentuated by stern, tapping percussion and repetitious strings locked in high tonal pierce mode. The deliciously nimble keyboards of The Reign, a needle of tension tattooing the sonic skin, especially during the keyboard line wound into the chorus, full of flair and defiance. The escalating, keyboard induced anxiety that dominates The Hacker, the dead zone dread explored on the tale depicted during Connection Machine - EVERYTHING here is of the utmost in creativity and imagination! (I cannot even try to describe the full breadth of what transpires on Buried Dreams, it must be experienced!) A stunning accomplishment, timeless, one of the top five industrial releases ever! ("Says who?" you feebly ask; "Yours truly," I adamantly respond!) All this, and rumor has it, this was #1 on the Jeffrey Dahmer playlist. What more could one ask for?!!! A re-issued, remastered classic!

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