1. The Future Through A Lens [3:53]
  2. Nothing [4:12]
  3. Feed Your Addiction [3:28]
  4. Empire Of Wolves [3:54]
  5. Proximity [4:45]
  6. After The Flood [5:11]
  7. Damaged Software [4:36]
  8. The Leopard [3:54]
  9. Tore Myself To Pieces [3:48]
  10. A Distance [3:32]
  11. Nothing [4:49]
  12. Deep Red [7:15]
Vile Electrodes initially formed through a mutual affection for early synthpop, delta blues, rock n roll and miserable indie bands, but their sound has probably been equally influenced by fetish porn, crap dead-end jobs. And an unhealthy obsession with analogue synthesizers.

They began as a duo, have picked up and lost various people along the way and now exist as a 2/3/4 piece (in terms of human content) according to the time of day, the direction of the wind and the position of the stars. Vile Electrodes are one of the hottest acts on the European electronic music scene. Fronted by Anais Neon (see what she did there?) and propelled by voltage-controlled music-man Martin Swan, the Vile ones have attracted attention with their brand of dirty electronics: they have already warmed up for OMD and John Foxx & The Maths to widespread acclaim. The duo is now ready to peel back the latex a little and show you their new album, The Future Through a Lens.

The Future… is the first proper Vile Electrodes album. It gathers many of the sounds that have done well on their live outings, including the front-of-stage favourite, Damaged Software. The surprise is how well Anais’ vocals match up to the synthesized tones squeezed from Swan’s patch cables – the slower songs, especially, are impressed with delicate pathos in both the voice and instrumental tracks. The closing track, Deep Red, belongs to that place of alienation and yearning that is also occupied by Yazoo’s Winter Kills or OMD’s Distance Fades Between Us.

Brighton-VE3The pace isn’t as restrained in songs like Empire of Wolves or Tore Myself to Pieces, which beg to be unleashed on the dancefloor. The Vile ones have a great sense of song structure, which will make them a firm favourite with DJs. The best way to enjoy them is live, but owning your own copy of The Future… is a brilliant way to keep the hips moving between shows.

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