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The Spirals Without Control

  • Words: Tony Ware
  • Label: Darkroom Dubs
  • XLR8R Rating: 7.5/10

Nerds... so hot right now. If Nintendo cover band the Minibosses can soundtrack Mario and Luigi's quirky quests, why can't a group accompany the hijinks of Val Kilmer in Real Genius? This retro-contemporary impression wafts from Without Control, an 11-track production of Argentineans Fernando Pulichino and Julian Sanza (spiritual cousins to Daft Punk also operating as Silver City and Ciudad Felix). There are crystalline facets of Italo in the crisp synths, chunky, plunky Angloisms in the slow-building arrangements, and then some Francophile flushes in the rounded funk. Like Bootsy gone Balearic, this album balances arch and epic in a manner that would leave the Revenge of the Nerds Alpha Betas quivering in defeat.

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