appearing on the revered 'SMAK' series, touring Europe with
Spezial Material, and their first LP (on own label Seed) now
being a collectors' item - Posthuman have maintained a lower
profile than label mate Ardisson. 'Lagrange Park' is sure
to change that and focus the limelight on Posthuman.
Posthuman have been known to poke a finger at an electronic
music industry that takes itself far too seriously. Although
they've obviously had some fun with the track names this is
a serious and substantial album. In musical terms it's a progression
from previous material - their intricate drum programming
is now mirrored by more complex melodical structures.
Opener 'Purgatory' is a stunning track - exuding subtlety
with its delicately vocoded vocals flowing alongside rippling
bass, while lingering melodies and awkwardly jittering beats
create a sense of tension which is carried through to the
rest of the album.
'Purgatory' is followed by 'Woman In The Bath' - a watery,
haunting and evocative pause before you're hit by the powerful,
menacing rhythms of 'Walking From The Gallows'. Again, its
melodies are subtle and ominous.
'Burning Gods City' is suitably dark and unnerving. It's
metronomical and robotic, a slow yet threatening track, showing
off Posthuman's discipline.
The next few tracks provide a break from the unease of the
rest of the album - 'Both Love And Fear' is a softly meandering
downtempo affair with precise yet understated beat patterns
and gentle vocals. 'As Old As The Waterfall' is a graceful
track - its lush, tender synth line and buried vocals evolve
into something more punchy and immediate. 'The Skull' starts
out as sparse but builds with unexpected eastern echoes and
a warm vocal, complemented again by meticulous drum programming
and restrained melodies.
The track 'Lagrange Point' brings the album to an apprehensive
finish, making reference to the tension created in earlier
tracks with its sinister melodies and icy rhythms.
Posthuman have created an extremely evocative album, Lagrange
Point conjures up sinister, cold, misty, dark imagery but
it's also calm and flowing with its cohesiveness and subtle
progression. This is a very fresh sounding and original collection
of tracks. It's refreshing to hear an electronic act that
haven't gone down the obvious glitch or 2-step route, but
have instead developed their own unique sound.