Move To Pain [Home Grown] (CD)


Sons Of Magdalene

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Amoeba Review

06/24/2014

Stunning solo debut from Josh Eustis, known for his work with cult favorites Telefon Tel Aviv and touring membership of Nine Inch Nails. It’s been five long years since we’ve heard from Mr. Eustis. Telefon Tel Aviv’s last album, “Immolate Yourself”, consisted of blurry, romantic synthpop made infinitely bleaker by the accompanying news of co-founder Charles Cooper’s death. Since then, Eustis has been a synth and guitar mercenary for Reznor and Co. However, Eustis is now free of the major label shackles and Telefon’s legion of fans can rejoice. Sons of Magdalene has Eustis operating at the height of his powers.

Eustis is that rare studio rat with an equal understanding of voltage control and pop songcraft. His voice is stripped of effects and pensive but imbued with personality. Like Bernard Sumner, he’s a reluctant icon, belting stadium-worthy choruses into the studio ether. The title track could be a cherished and apocryphal Pet Shop Boys B-side, while “A Strange Sound” sounds like  Martin Rev doing his best Donna Summer impression. It’s that good. Meanwhile, Eustis is completely aware of the techno zeitgeist. “O’Death” interpolates the industrial cadence of the Sandwell District axis, and the record, as a whole, is a textural delight. “Move to Pain” will be loved by synth nerds and new romantics alike. An unexpected high-water mark for emotional synthpop.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Hold On Hold Still For A Second
Sons Of Magdalene 04:05
2.
Bitter Soliloquy
Sons Of Magdalene 02:20
3.
The Whip
Sons Of Magdalene 04:01
4.
Move To Pain
Sons Of Magdalene 03:36
5.
A Strange Sound
Sons Of Magdalene 04:32
6.
Unfortunate Phone Call
Sons Of Magdalene 02:49
7.
O Death
Sons Of Magdalene 05:40
8.
Can’t Won’t Don’t Want To
Sons Of Magdalene 03:08
9.
Crows On The Eves Of My Father’s House
Sons Of Magdalene 04:12

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