Published Jun 15, 2016Noise and atmosphere remain key for Odonis Odonis, who put a futuristic spin on '80s industrial and post-punk — from classic NIN and Ministry to Depeche Mode and Gary Numan — on their latest, Post Plague.
Such influences are churned through Odonis Odonis's unique contemporary filter; piecing interesting ideas together in an experimental way is lead-man Dean Tzenos' forte. The mixtape approach that informed the two-sided Hard Boiled Soft Boiled manifests within tracks here: elements appear, recede, reappear and coalesce to hit hard, thanks to meticulous attention to detail throughout.
Electronic elements create an aggressively sexy sound built for the dance floor, as noisy interference swarms and undulates while fat beats wax and wane. "Fearless" is defined by a palpable sense of tension. "Needs" is crunchier, and "Betrayal" grittier still, taking the abrasive-chaos cake here. Elsewhere, "Nervous" nods to the Cure, while the robotic dance punk of "Vanta Black" stomps around like the Faint wearing Death from Above 1979's boots. The glitchy pulse of the epic "BLTZ" channels mid-'90s Bjork, while the slinky "Pencils" evokes Autolux. The most successful of the few laid-back tracks is the swoon-worthy "Game," which sounds like an unreleased early Clan of Xymox song.
The dark, synth-heavy Post Plague cements Odonis Odonis's reputation as skilled composers, and keeps listeners guessing what they may have up their sleeve next. (Telephone Explosion)