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MEN WITH SECRETS Psycho Romance And Other Spooky Ballads

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DONATO DOZZYと、RETINA.ITの二人とのMINMAL WAVEなプロジェクト。MEN WITH SECRETSが〈THE BUNKER NEW YORK〉からアルバムリリースです。

シカゴ音響、エレクトロニックの名門HEFTY RECORDSからのリリースを皮切りに20年にわたりIDM、エレクトロニックの実験を続け、近年はNEELやSVERCAたちともコラヴォレーションしてきたイタリア、ナポリのデュオRETINA.ITとサイケデリック・テクノ・ウィザードDONATO DOZZYがコラヴォレーション。MINMAL WAVE、SYNTH WAVE、サイ・ファイ・テクノポップ。「4th Dimension Signal」と名付けられたショートの曲を挟みながら、アナログなシンセサイザー、サイコ・ロマンスなねじれた世界観のヴォーカルとエレクトロニック・サウンドの魅力。 (サイトウ)

▼ Tracklisting

A1.4th Dimension Signal Nº1sample
A2.The Misfortunes of Virtuessample
A3.Cabaret (Démodé)sample
A4.4th Dimension Signal Nº2sample
A5.Dramanticsample
A6.Elle est Nihilistesample
A7.4th Dimension Signal Nº3
B1.Angelus Novussample
B2.Secrets of the Crowdsample
B3.4th Dimension Signal Nº4sample
B4.Aletheiasample
B5.Ruins on Ruinssample
B6.4th Dimension Signal Nº5sample

ometimes you want something so badly you don't even know to ask for it in the first place. Like Adam and Eve stumbling upon the fruit of knowledge — or psychedelic techno wizards Donato Dozzy and Retina.it (aka Lino Monaco and Nicola Buono) producing a pitch-perfect, vintage-styled minimal wave record, filled with icy synths, shuddering bass, and anthemic vocals, sounding like a lost gem unearthed from 1982 for the first time.

Except it's not — this record is brand new. The three Italians first came together under the moniker Le Officine Di Efesto, releasing an EP of murky left-field techno on Dozzy's own Spazio Disponibile. They quickly discovered a shared love of classic post-punk, wave, and synthpop, and not long after, Men With Secrets was born.

"Men With Secrets" might sound like an old-school synthpop act you've never heard of, but the name is actually borrowed from Richard Bone, an early New York electronic musician and minimal pop pioneer. The trio's name is but one of their many homages — Cabaret Voltaire, The Human League, New Order, and even Dopplereffekt are additional reference points — but this album is neither imitation nor rehash. It's just as carefully and ingeniously produced as you'd expect a record from Donato Dozzy and Retina.it to be, except it's filled with poppy hooks so brilliantly catchy they'll stick in your head until you hit 'Repeat' and find yourself singing along.

These Men With Secrets clearly have their tongue placed firmly in cheek: check the record's title and artwork for proof. But the music is deadly serious. The drums hit hard, the synths soar to emotional heights, and the vocals intone rhythmically. All of it's coated in the warm fuzz of analogue tape. Not many records on The Bunker New York are as likely to be played in goth clubs as they are by adventurous techno DJs, but then again, this is not your average Bunker New York record.

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