Perturbator
New Model


4.0
excellent

Review

by ramon CONTRIBUTOR (30 Reviews)
September 5th, 2017 | 94 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Tactical nuke.

There has always been a niggling lunacy to Perturbator's crystal-clean design. A break in the fold that just begs to be blown open with emphatic panache. Standing as a pinnacle of the retrofuturism epoch that bleeds into normalcy with every passing day, many artists and fans have looked to Perturbator in hopes of understanding where this somewhat exhausted niche could possibly move in the days to come. I couldn't say New Model is quite the push the electronic cyberpunk sphere needs to keep things crisp; the experimentation on display here is little more than improvements on a solidly established formula. Maybe then, it is the confidence that exudes from New Model that might cause the public to consider the next logical steps for dark synthwave.

This is Perturbator's most immersing release without a shadow of a doubt. A thick atmosphere peppered with cascading arpeggios and spectral synths lead "A Birth of the New Model" into being. It is utterly delectable. Phantasmal uncertainty drenches every second as the song builds from strength to strength. Adherence to dynamic interplay is pivotal here; New Model is just as loud as any other release in Perturbator's catalog but not a single track stagnates. The heaviest and softest moments he has ever put to paper can all be found within this 35 minute runtime. There is an air of reverent self-assurance across each of these songs. The opening seconds to "Tainted Empire" are almost overwhelmingly destructive, yet the painstaking attention to finer details within both the strikingly empowering midsection and the deleterious breakdown that closes off the track forcefully prevent any semblance of doubt. Even when time is spent lurking in the thick of juicy despair ("Corrupted by Design" spending a good portion of its length wallowing in murk), each bar points to the next progression. While "Vantablack" seems to be constructed around its vocals (being the only non-instrumental song on the EP), enough emphasis is placed on song evolution that even repeated segments ooze with new features.

I wasn't incredulous to Perturbator's potential as a producer but his level of conviction in closing track "God Complex" is borderline excessive. The fluctuant aura that dictates New model dominates the song as pummeling fits of electronic noise snap in and out of existence, underpinned by fervent aplomb. Everything moves forward. There is no waiting around. The toe-dipping in other subgenres Perturbator is known for is more evident here than ever and while such tinkering certainly opens up the field for where this sort of music might head next, it is the bold posture and tangible attitude that will leave the largest impact. Carrying the condensed precision and potency of a tactical nuke, New Model is a rapturous summation of everything Perturbator is. Whether or not he can propel this stature into future releases will dictate the legacy he leaves behind.



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cryptologous
Contributing Reviewer
September 5th 2017


1715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

his best yet by a long shot, at least for me. name-your-price, check it yo



https://perturbator.bandcamp.com/album/new-model

Ovrot
September 5th 2017


13004 Comments


pos'd

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jemaiseyeti
September 5th 2017


70 Comments


Record sounded great on first listen, don't know if I fully like the new direction he is going in with this record though. Cool review!

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cryptologous
Contributing Reviewer
September 5th 2017


1715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's not quite as hooky or immediate as past efforts for sure. I just love that he isn't sticking with the same tricks for every song here. Thanks mate!

LandDiving
Contributing Reviewer
September 5th 2017


1608 Comments


there's some mad vivid descriptions here but you still manage to evaluate how they do/don't benefit the record succinctly; it's a tough balancing act but you do it well :~)

BlushfulHippocrene
September 5th 2017


1808 Comments


Very lovely review here, ramon. Have enjoyed his work in the past so will give this a listen.

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cryptologous
Contributing Reviewer
September 5th 2017


1715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks for the love gents!

MarsKid
September 5th 2017


5288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Dangerous Days is my personal favorite tbh, that record goes innnnnnn

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cryptologous
Contributing Reviewer
September 5th 2017


1715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

happy 5000 comments! and yea, DD was my favorite until this!

MarsKid
September 5th 2017


5288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

If it's just as heavy then I'll be a fan



Spirit pos, and thanks my man < 3

cryptologous
Contributing Reviewer
September 5th 2017


1715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

jam "Tainted Empire"

sincerelyaural
September 5th 2017


399 Comments


hey, this is a review

good work

cryptologous
Contributing Reviewer
September 5th 2017


1715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

>:O

Manqaness24
September 5th 2017


156 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This EP is awesome. Worth every second.

MarsKid
September 5th 2017


5288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The guy's a master of his craft. Him and Carpenter Brut nail this style

StallionMang
September 5th 2017


7944 Comments


ITS ALL OVER

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EvoHavok
September 5th 2017


7141 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very nice review. Will check this soon.

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Mythodea
September 5th 2017


4126 Comments


Great write-up. I discovered him fairly recently and he's shaping up to be one of my favourites.

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SCREAM!
September 5th 2017


14735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've always enjoyed this guy but was never completely on board with his style



This might finally change that. That drop/bridge/breakdown in Tainted Empire woooweee

MarsKid
September 5th 2017


5288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

If you've yet to jam Carpenter Brut either, check him out, preferably the Trilogy



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