Informatik

informatik are Da5id Din and Matthew Crofoot. o­n their fourth album "Nymphomatik", they explore lust, heartbreak, betrayal, and even cyborg sex; all the many dimensions of love and carnality. While the outfit uses quite standard synthpop arrangements, the lyrics and vocals are so strong that you forget you are listening to club music. The opening track "Flesh Menagerie" is a creepy and evocative, yet enticing song that borrows from En Vogue's "Free Your Mind" and is reminiscent of the Flesh Fairs in the 2001 film "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence". The song really moves and is easily o­ne of the best o­n the album. "Hopeless" is a heartbreaking confessional sung in adeep baritone, which makes it all the more sad to listen to. "Perfect Stranger" is a nihilistic take o­n anonymous sex. It is tightly produced, with dense layers, which makes it a stifling listen, but you are really drawn in. The least interesting track o­n the album is definitely "Physical Education", which uses a rather grating metal-scraping effect, but to no end. The campy "Built For Pleasure" is pure fun, and could almost be a gay club anthem. The lyrics tell of "silicone: man-made heaven" and the joys of cyborg sex. I really dug this tune. Another quirky o­ne is "96 Degrees", which could very well be Informatik's version of the Beatles' "Revolution Number Nine". The song opens with sex noises, but then adds the sounds of crinkling plastic, torture, bombs, death, and something indefinably organic. To top it off, there is a woman's voice repeating "96 Degrees". "Oblivion V2" is a strong tune with many sci-fi and metaphysical elements. Essentially, it is about being erased by love and dying. "Nymphmatik" is a very strong outing by this Boston band. It comes highly recommended for anyone who prefers good lyrics over synth technique. 

 

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