Seventeen tense years have passed since the previous Nexus record, and we're thrilled to be involved with their long-awaited return. Fans of Nine Inch Nails, Mission, Black Needle Noise, and The Damned will be familiar with the vibe on offer with this group. Mike Pougounas of the world-renowned New Zero God reignited the flame of his old band when Covid prevented recording and the subsequent tour. The side-project that started it all for this scene-setting artist has a lot of juice left in the engine. This is Star Thief.
A shimmering synthesiser opens the track before spooky-core melodies abstract across scattered beats. Bass drips down into the gloom as vocals enter, gothic tones and poetic imagery dance along the shattered edges of reality. Ghostly harmonies curdle beneath the driving pulsations of electronic surge. Awkward chords break the norms as fascinating beats inform a genuinely inventive progression. A sense of the 1980s spreads thickly yet modern uses of rhythm and breakbeat mixing lends a culturally new edge. An adventure of a track, we're taken in and swung around by layerings of synthesiser and cracking tempo structures that keep us on our toes.
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