It has been over three years since the French industrial-electronics project Ottokraft last featured and I have no idea why I have allowed such a long period of no updates.
A new EP is due for imminent release – The Sick Culture Of Wealth and a song from the release surfaced a couple of hours ago – Crazy Horse.
Despite the lengthy gap there is an immediate familiarity as the buzzing synths, which remind of Tubeway Army whizz around the room. There the commonality of sounds, though not sentiment, ends as Ottokraft also now feature chomping guitar to accompany the commentary of societal malcontent. The listener is swayed between warming synth sections and frustrated thrashing rock as Ottokraft express in Crazy Horse the dichotomy of ‘doing the right thing’ as dictated by bureaucrats and actually being a sentient human being who can recognise it is their life that is being ground into a discarded dust of obedient slavery.
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Callwaker from Saint Paul in the USA is the synthwave trio of Jack Kalyuzhny (Drums), Tom Pliner (Synths / Vocals) and Jeremy Kuecker (Synths / Vocals).
The evolving sounds of Callwalker float mesmerically around the room in a hive of activity. The trio manage to avoid the cliché of the genre of the ever developing loop and the addition of the drum-kit allows the band to develop the tracks around a solid pivot.
Whilst certainly invoking recollections of Tubeway Army, this is not a copy as Callwalker deploy beats for the current generation.
Although having been around for well under a year and with limited material to hear, which almost inevitably means exploring a range of spaces. What I have heard has had me smiling happily as the band already has been able to establish a signature sound of the wobbling vocal synth combination that is resultant from the influences and I look forward to listening to their development as they solidify their ideas sonically.
There is no reason this sound won’t transfer to the stage too and I wish them well with their musical journey.
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