Cairo Pythian: Touched 12"
Something rather different here from Katorga Works here, but I know that Adam is a huge fan of 80s pop and new wave so this definitely makes sense. We've carried Cairo Pythian's previous records in the distro and they had a very 80s electro-pop feel a la Depeche Mode. They had great songwriting, but compared to this new LP they were a little bit straight down the middle sonically. Touched, on the other hand, is something totally unique. The foundation is still the electronic-based pop of the 80s, but the sound is a lot more expansive, even bombastic. The drum machine beats are bigger, the sonic palette is much wider, and there's actually guitar all over this record, much of which has an "Eddie Van Halen guest solo on 'Beat It'" vibe, which is both completely over the top and awesome. That said, every track here is quite different from the last, making this an LP that takes a few listens to sink in, but the hooks about and offer quick and gratifying rewards to the listener willing to penetrate this. Much of this reminds me of Merchandise's earlier material from back when they felt very experimental and exciting, and if you like those early records this will be right up your alley.Tags: 10s melodic post-punk synth synth-pop