Transistor – The Horde [12"]


Transistor – The Horde [12"]


Label: Entr'acte

Format: 12"

Year: 2017

It seems like most desks this one has come across elicit some comparison to Vainio/Vega from the listener, so rather than formally regurgitate that observation, I’ll at least acknowledge its validity and leave it here. “Never Again” and “Swallow the Brim” are both hinged on the crushed, saturated discharge of electronics as fiery accompaniment to Ben Miller’s possessed howling. It’s easy to imagine the red lights flashing, smoke billowing, and panic to find the emergency exits during these controlled electronic combustion workouts. Blast away, fellas. Personally, I’m much more of a fan of where things go on the flip, accompanied by a rpm change to literally and figuratively take things down a notch for the flip to the titular track. Both performers present themselves in clearer light; the fire and brimstone text is delivered with audiobook transparency, backed by Frank Vigroux's cautiously arranged, semi-theatrical sound design of lurking synthetic strings, fragments of raw diffused impulses, and the occasional crackle and sharp sine wave. The coda satisfies your craving for tightly structured, clipped, spartan electronics from machines sure to alert TSA officers.

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1. Never Again
2. Swallowed the Brim
3. The Horde
Transistor formed in 2009 when Franck Vigroux was performing in NYC
where Ben Miller led several projects. Vigroux was in a creative transition
suggesting a stripped down electro-industrial sound with the latter as
lead singer. Miller had sung in many bands before but never solely as a
lead singer. The new challenge was intriguing. Shows were set up with
Vigroux’s sub-bass and extreme frequencies blowing more than one PA
system. They struck up an overseas collaboration releasing a self-titled
EP. While sporadically performing in NYC and Europe, Transistor returned
to the studio for their full length LP Din of Eons released in 2013. All the
while, French filmmaker Gregory Robin had been shooting a documentary
(Transistor, 2015; trailer here) of the duo’s goings-on.
This year Vigroux and Miller present their newest work, The Horde.

Edition of 200 copies
Mastered by Jacques Beloeil