Xordox - Neospection LP


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Label: Editions Mego

Our Review:

JG Thirlwell (aka Foetus, Steroid Maximus, etc.) pivots to a retro-garde, sci-fi electronica in his fantastic Xordox alter-ego. Oneohtrix, Survive and Emeralds would certainly count as Thirlwell's younger contemporaries, but his decades of experience with electronics, sequencing and composition put his debut as Xordox at another level. It almost seems unfair for an artist of Thirlwell's caliber to compose a record like this. He makes it seem so effortless to interlock these futurist sequences of polymorphous synth tones with his well-documented knack for bombastic melodies. For all of the attention to detail to all of the synth squiggle and adventurous modular exploration, Thirlwell succeeds more through the unpredictability of his compositions. The plastic tension from the constant meteor shower from his fluid synth-pulsations belies a complexity of his songs that are a far cry from John Carpenter / Goblin recapitulations. Through the cosmic trigger arppegiations on "Pink Eye" and the radioactive slow-decay of "Destition: Infinite," Thirlwell touches on a broad history of electronic composition alluding to the iconoclastic forms of Aphex Twin's Richard D. James LP, Kraftwerk's machined pop perfection and even Burial's dubs from urban waste, all presented through the sci-fi lens of Buchla and Serge synths. What a brilliant record.

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