The Upshot: Back to the electro-Eighties!
BY JOHN B. MOORE
It seems those years of listening to Depeche Mode and New Order records have left an impression on Ken Urban and Cat Hollyer. On their latest LP, The Past Will Live Forever, the duo Occurrence pay homage to some of the best electronic music from the ‘70s and ‘80s.
The record, their seventh in just as many years if you’re counting EPs, is crammed with sometimes sterile, but nonetheless solidly creative synth and beat-heavy tracks. Evoking an eerie, cold vibe, it’s hard at times to make out everything they’re saying, but the music is still hypnotically addictive. The band drones on a bit on tracks like “A Bruised Ivy Grad,” especially when they rely too much on layered effects and don’t allow for Hollyer or Urban’s natural vocals to be heard, but they manage to make up for it on a song like “Ghost Free Home” or “Skin For the Win,” (ironically, Hollyer sounds less manipulated on a track that opens with her speak/singing the line “Though I’m robot through and through…”)
Put on all black, slather on some thick eyeliner and I dare you not to dance to this one.
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