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The Faint
Fasciination
(self-released)
www.thefaint.com


Fasciinatiion, the new CD from The Faint, is like a tickertape parade of electro-pop confetti and furling techno-pop spirals flanked by endless groves of bulbous club beats. The sonic shards drenched in robotic beeps, quirky zonks and boing trajectories are reminiscent of Hot Chip, and the digital frosting is reflective of Datarock. The album is rooted in Euro-clad club music and gusty electronica that zips and doodles with a freehand stylizing like The Chemical Brothers. The album never moves outside of the dance pop/electronica framework, although lead singer Fink has a deep-toned vocal register that is similar to Peter Gabriel, which gives the tunes a toasty prog-rock glisten. Rounding out the band are drummer Clark Beechle, bassist/guitarist Joel Petersen, guitarist/bassists Dapose, and keyboardist Jacob Thiele.

Each track is railed in electronica elements that evolve while in a state of flux so the dynamics are constantly changing their shape like a pot of molten lava whose patterns of shooting bubbles have a mind of their own. The automated morsels are impetuous and capricious and the chord coordinates seem systematic. The digital squirts and club beats wiring "Get Seduced" and "The Geeks Were Right" weave electro-pop tapestries that are mind-numbing and entrancing. The robotic bangles strewn across the phantom-like channels of "Machine In The Ghost" are soaked in a soggy prog-rock register, and the starchy shards seamed along "Fulcrum And Lever" are coated in flashy techno-pop spirals. The music is an enticing blend of machine-like mechanisms and organic substances as Fink pinches the tunes with a human voice. "Mirror Error" is dissonant sounding with squeezing frequencies and digital jettisons that move haphazardly. The industrial-pop matting of "Forever Growing Centipedes" is dotted in avant-curves of zipping chimes and whimsical beeps like the sounds of a mechanical toy, and the strips of electronic bristles bobbing up and down through "Fish In A Womb" are playful and jolly. The sonic gusts making trails along "I Treat You Wrong" create glaring mash-ups, and the clicking beats and swirling notes of "A Battle Hymn For Children" sound like a Morse Code with bushels of tattered bleeps emoting a gravitational pull.

The Faint's electronica icing and mobilizing digital beats dressing the tracks on their latest CD, Fasiinatiion, are chronic and confetti-like. The songs are tailored for dance clubs and legged by bubbly tempos that keep the sonic components bobbing up and down infectiously.

-Susan Frances

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