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Felte Records

Released: 18.03.16

www.publicmemory.bandcamp.com

 

 

 

 

A menacing masterpiece, and a withering, bewitching and beguiling album, Wuthering Drum hooks you with the opening mystical chimes before drawing you deeper into a dark and brooding, brutalist urban nightmare.

Towering synths block out the light, grind the gears, roar with venom, snap and sizzle with rage, dischord and disharmony. Suffocating in its claustrophobic intimacy, imagine early Human League being boiled alive inside the evil machine.

Public Memory is the solo electronic project of Robert Toher of Brooklyn duo ERAAS. Toher locked himself in his LA bedroom and created a Frankenstein monster.

A gripping ride, the only shining light is provided by the shimmering, simmering falsetto of Toher’s vocals, yet even the voice suffers for his art and science.

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