Los Angeles duo Sextile just seems to keep the great music coming. With last year’s Albeit Living, they proved they were ready to share their music with a larger audience. On this year’s 3, they prove they’re prepared to take the techno industrial mantle and become the newest member of bands that create similar music. Full of dark vocals and a mystical mix of electronica, Sextile can now be placed up with bands like Nitzer Ebb and Front 242 as the latest and greatest example of what the genre can sound like.
The album’s opener, “Disco” utilizes a mixture of dark electronica based synthesizers and a techno beat that’s hard not to like. It has a catchy yet dismal sound, like a dance party taking place in a dystopian era. When they get a little brighter, the track opens up and reminds you of nineties electronic music but less cheery. This continues into the release, where songs like “Drop You” and “Spun” open light, then get more deterred, but in a good way.
However, the best of the five for us was the song “Paradox.” With its murky beginning that pretty quickly picks up pace and has an upbeat tone, the song brings so much of what Sextile has done in the past into the present. Those multiple synths and snappy beats, the shouting vocals that pair with melodic KORG sequencers just make the song live in the darkness while still popping with a buoyant step that makes you want more and more from these two.
You can stream 3 on all streaming sites, you can purchase it in digital shops including Bandcamp, or directly from Felte Records. Sextile is out on tour starting February 17 in San Francisco at The Chapel until March 21 at Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace in Pioneertown, CA. A complete listing of their tour dates can be found here.
Image Credits: Photo Courtesy of Ground Control Touring.