Agony Shorthand

Monday, September 20, 2004

LILI Z. just gets better and better with every micro-release. This 21st Century French chanteuse, after a couple of super-minimal DIY electro/fuzz EPs, has now got her first American 45 out & for the most part, it’s a warped, loud, hot and angry synth dancefloor attack like some retro 1981-82 Northern UK industrial punk. I’m hearing some obvious precedents like “Nag Nag Nag”-era CABARET VOLTAIRE or the underheard RED LORRY YELLOW LORRY, but then I could just be hearing things. Imagine a squeaky-voiced, leather-clad Dominatrix cracking the whip over an aggressive programmed backdrop, sorta in the same sexual hothouse as those other hot leather-clad Europeans COBRA KILLER, and you’re in the ballpark. S-S Records has packaged it in a reverse Dangerhouse style, with a vertical fold instead of horizontal, but that doesn’t scare me one bit. Somehow the B-side needs to be trimmed, edited, spindled or reigned in a bit but that A-side is a real cooker!