Battery Operated Orchestra Incomplete Until Brokens/r
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Matt H - Sep 5, 2014
Battery Operated Orchestra - Incomplete Until Broken
Anyone who’s been following this site closely for a few years (no? oh well…) will remember us lauding Brighton electronic pop duo Katsen. They had a bagful of good tunes, but everyone should have a place in their heart for the pop excellence of Where Nobody Can Find Us and the beautiful paean to Kraftwerk, Florian. Katsen rebooted as Battery Operated Orchestra so subtly that even the unblinking Soundsxp spotlight missed it (at our age we’re unblinking, but frequently napping).
BOO have kept Katsen’s hard-edged Mitteleuropop sensibility while amping up the radiophonic atmospherics side. Whether you’re in the mood for toe-tapping or chin-stroking, both are excellently catered for. 80s disco sounds, yes. Jaunty 70s school programme jingles, yay. More serious-minded 65DOS/John Carpenter-esque sci-fi soundtrackery, affirmative. And while (as the album title indicates) BOO cleave to a DIY ethic with a certain allergy to polishing things too much, that’s very clearly deliberate. This isn’t a couple of your mates having a go. They clearly know their stuff and blend the sounds of many different decades skilfully. There’s real care and precision underneath the geometric handmade CD sleeve and the glitches and static fizz of the music. And the knob-twiddling is never allowed to overwhelm the tunes or the atmospheres.
So in the end it’s very definitely (he)art over science. Don't fear the bleeper, give it a go.