Politique Secret Shock

Politique Secret Shock
If there's one thing you can safely assume about Roland Marckwort, it's that he knows exactly how he wants to sound. Secret Shock (the debut from Ottawa, ON synth slicers Politique) has keyboardist/writer Marckwort crafting a dozen tossed-hair, glazed-over-stare, mannequin-posed tracks. On songs like "Secret Shock" and "Expose," vocalist Mallory Giles comes off as both apathetic and obsessive, working off contained rhythms that find beats tumbling over icy slick synth-lines. Of course, nothing on Secret Shock is as stylized or manicured as the music of Euro-electro stars Ladytron or Goldfrapp, but the whisper/rap of "Love Catastrophe" and dense, candied heart production and polyrhythmic breakdowns of "Saved in a Fire" show the four-piece moving toward that moment when image and essence meet. One might ask if Politique have what it takes to become the next Metric, but by the sounds of Secret Shock, it's apparent Politique want to be more than just "the next" anything. (Digital Zen)