Appliance : Food music

Don't look behind you. Here comes the menace in black.

Appliance : Food music

When a band credit their singer as "human voice" on the sleeve, you know you're not working in the normal dimension.

Appliance are as good as their name: mechanical animals,


dissatisfied with the hardware available to them - the Moogs,


and Wurlitzers of Klassic Keyboard lore ? have invented their own 'Tritone Tone Generator'. Used here, it's neatly listed as an "Appliance Appliance", a thing that makes the sounds that Gene Roddenberry once heard in his head. While this should make Appliance the musical equivalent of a school sci-fi club, 'Food Music' is cool as steel, a malevolent flirt of a


that burrows into some dark territory. Goth post-rock, for example, and that's Very Dark indeed. The Suicidal title track sees James Brook intoning dispassionately, "You're in a flat spin", while 'Spies Of Rota' has him asking, "What's in the suitcase? What's in the suitcase?" repeatedly as the music


and twists Pram-like behind him.

Don't look behind you. Here comes the menace in black.

Stevie Chick

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