Proton Beast: Digitizer (Muzai records)
Which makes you wonder how the bassist from straight-out rock-n’roll outfit D4 became part of this experiment in sound. Vaughan Williams is the man, joining Westley Holdsworth on guitar and vocoded vocals, and drummer Stuart Harwood. They have toured with Beastwars and DZ Deathrays, bands whose names alone suggest a troubled youth.
But, it’s all actually somewhat tamer than what those paragraphs might suggest. Digitizer isn’t a bag of ghastly goth-metal pouring over Einstrurzende Neubaten B-sides that you might envisage. It isn’t, also, the kind of record you would play to your kids in the car, nor would it be played before 10pm on any radio station.
There’s a running theme of technology throughout the album, digital is used to the max, vocoders given it an alien futuristic feel, and it comes across as how a Belgian electroclash act might sound if recording an album of Kraftwerk covers.
Digitizer is the first release of the year from Muzai records, which has moved from Auckland to Bradford in Yorkshire, of all places, in the latest step to take over the world. Also available on 12″.