Simulakrum Lab — Simulakrum Lab
(Rustblade RBL055, 2016, LP/CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2016-06-05
Simulakram Lab is the electronic duo of Paolo Prevosto (composer and sound designer) in collaboration with Eugène (voice and sound engineering). On their debut album guests Liz Enthusiasm of Freezepop, film maker Kenneth Johnson, and two of Goblin’s musicians (bassist Fabio Pignatelli and keyboardist Claudio Simonetta) participate on different tracks. Fans of techno and mindless dance floor music will love this album that is chock full of 70s analog synths, sequencers, and relentless electronic percussion. And they did their utmost to avoid using emulated computer synths. Most of the songs are synth pop/New Wave tunes, while a couple such as “Brain in a Dish” and “Lost Cosmonauts” tend a bits towards the abstract. “The Day the Vocoder Stood Still” is an educational experience with Kenneth Johnson narrating the history and theory of vocoders. “Backlit (feat. Fabio Pignatelli)” and “Aggregat 4 (feat. Claudio Simonetta)” are the best two tracks on the disc, though I found it challenging to understand Fabio’s contributions. Also Claudio’s keyboard work is overpowered by the electronic percussion. Overall, there is nothing on this album that really grabs my interest. But if you are into undemanding dance music, Simulakram Lab might be for you.
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