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Released: 23.04.21

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collecting pieces from the notorious ‘Vega Vault’, the unreleased pile of tracks written before Alan Vega’s death, Mutator is a tantalising taste of what was going on, artistically, with one of pop’s most interesting voices as he moved into his later years.

Though recorded somewhere in the mid-90s, the overall sound of Mutator is rooted in the early 80s; synth driven electronic loops laced with Vega’s distant, Nic Cave sounding, menacing, vocals. Intentionally cold in places (Nike Solider) and more poppy Kraftwerk/Pet Shop Boys in others (Fist), Mutator holds together as a solid collective of beat driven, menacing, pop songs with a dark, distant, narrative. Cinematic, layered and highly artistic.

 

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