New striking strokes
26 August 2022
Band: The Vacant Lots
Who: Minimalist post-punk/synth-pop duo – Jared Artaud and Brian MacFadyen – from NYC. They gouge into the city’s immortal outsider spirit and underground cultural tropes, set against a pulsating backdrop of modern apocalypse.
Active: Since 2010 / 4 studio LPs so far (new one incl.)
“Created under isolation, ‘Closure’ is the fourth album from Brooklyn duo The Vacant
Lots and is Jared Artaud and Brian MacFadyen’s most fully realized work to date. The record
packs 8 minimal is maximal salvos into 23 minutes that coalesce into a stun-blast soundtrack for today’s shattered society. Laced with evocatively concise and lacerating lyrics delivered detached and deadpan, ‘Closure’s spine-chilling onslaught of towering guitar shrapnel, ethereal metallic synth melodies and cold electronic turbulence comes infused with shades of New Order and Jesus And Mary Chain.
The kind of modern disco and post-punk grooves that pillaged New York clubs in the 80s. Inevitably, the penetrating spirit of New York electronic trailblazers Suicide haunts the new record with its subterranean gravitational pull, having previously manifested physically when the two-piece befriended the late Alan Vega, leading to collaborations and support spots. “
New single: THANK YOU
Expect an electronic toe-tapping banger with a speedy repetitive drive that makes your eager head rotate and drones in your head on repeat. Razzle-dazzle Kraut-psychedelia bringing German pioneers Can and Faust, but in a modern-day modus.
This instant sticking mind-twister has a stimulating effect
on your bloodstream. Thank you for that, Vacant Lots. Score!
Press play and get puzzled…
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