My mind went straight to David Cronenberg and Jeff Goldblum. Lux Interior and the Cramps’ 96 tears and 96 eyes didn’t come up until their guitar sample buzzed in during the seventh minute of Human Fly. There’s Moon Pool & Dead Band’s heavy nod to their spot in the ointment, being whisked from their punk origins, through noise careers (including tenure in Wolf Eyes) and towards electronic dance music.
The title track is a 10-minute sprawler mimicking the refrigerated intensity of its Cramps namesake. The synthesized and sampled hisses and rumbles and cracks are disparate but coherent. There’s a fully developed sociopathy mounted on the bass line that’s the only concession to melody. Everything else is rhythm and texture, engaging and impossible to get stuck in your ears. It’s garbage-brained relaxation; he’ll invite cops into his home, put his feet up on the oak coffee table, lend them Blood Meridian, and show off his art collection and human-skin lampshade.
After casual/purposeful collage of the title track, “Jagged Orbit” and “Cyber Rebels” are a lot more straightforward. “Human Fly” tore away the veil and ignored melody, while the B-side dresses up its stunted leads in filters and gradual evolutions. “More straightforward” puts them in a compromise between noise and dance that isn’t varied or weird enough, or sweet and obvious enough. They’re inoffensive, but the A-side is money.