Machine Girl
...BECAUSE I'M YOUNG ARROGANT AND HATE EVERYTHING


4.5
superb

Review

by John Darr USER (15 Reviews)
December 3rd, 2017 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Russian Roulette: Laser Gun Edition

Metal revs up. A robot voice ekes out, “Machine Girl…” and fizzles dead. A split second of silence settles onto the soundstage, tantalizing, dead space, a clean clean sla-

Factories eating themselves all over the dancefloor, pulsating beams blinding the space and someone’s given some punk-ass Hot Topic shrieker the microphone. Less than a minute into its runtime, “Because I’m Young Arrogant and Hate Everything You Stand For” earns its blaringly angry, immature title. On their new LP, Brooklyn producer/songwriter/vocalist Machine Girl fuses the rhythmic strengths of “WLFGRL” with the melodic arrangements of “Gemini” to push breakbeat to new levels of instrumental saturation. Each track constantly shifts between relentless digital hardcore and sparkling, shoegazey synth walls. Vocals howl into the void one second then glide along the next. Machine Girl’s main trick on the record is navigating effortlessly between these two extremes, using each to highlight the intensity and beauty of the other without losing coherence track to track.

The madness of “Because I’m Young…” is anchored by excellent vocal choices across the record. While the lyrics often delve into pure, incoherent punk rage, they’re delivered with such relentless conviction that it’s easy to get caught up in their energy. The vocal hooks (“DON’T BE BITTEN TWICE!” “VOMIT! VOMIT!” “I CAN FEEL IT IN MY HEAD!”) are incredibly sticky while the melodies that infiltrate the record’s calmer spots (the gorgeous, driving vaporwave of “Xleepy;” the ethereal chants of “Athoth A Go! Go!”) provide them a musical counterpoint. Closing track “It Takes a Nation of Millions…” synthesizes the dichotomy beautifully, standing as a call to arms and an affirmation of solidarity; the pulse-pounding bass drum and chiming pentatonic melody propel the record to a hopeful conclusion without sacrificing the record’s momentum.

“Because I’m Young…” maintains its insane energy effortlessly over the course of its thirty-eight minutes while granting the listener clear touchstones through its melodic and vocal hooks. In a genre that so often fails to live up to the promise of its parent styles, Machine Girl continues to create fully-realized works that instill Breakbeat and Digital Hardcore with new life.



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Toad
December 2nd 2017


1985 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

dozens of spins later, continue to love this one. likely my aoty; just had to write it up. cheers and enjoy

TheSpaceMan
December 2nd 2017


11569 Comments


"someone’s given some punk-ass Hot Topic shrieker the microphone"

yo thats my cousin

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
December 2nd 2017


40734 Comments


very nice review

TheCynic
December 2nd 2017


119 Comments


Wtf is this music

Toad
December 3rd 2017


1985 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

thanks rowan!

@space we all have that one cousin dont we

@cynic im glad you're enjoying it too

neekafat
December 3rd 2017


12988 Comments


Amazing album title

TheSpaceMan
December 3rd 2017


11569 Comments


No like machine girls singer is literally my cousin lol

BlushfulHippocrene
Contributing Reviewer
December 3rd 2017


2611 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Amazing review, mate, flows very, very smoothly. Listening now.

Digging: Pictureplane - Degenerate

dimsim3478
December 3rd 2017


8015 Comments


No like machine girls singer/producer is literally my cousin lol

fark

checked this one out too last week off rate your music charts and its pretty fuckin killer

Digging: The Cro-Magnons - ?????????

Toad
December 3rd 2017


1985 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

holy shit, that's pretty amazing. the guy is really talented

Dewinged
December 3rd 2017


12092 Comments


Great review Toad. I am always down for weird stuff but I think this will be ahead of me lol Will check anyway.

Digging: Azusa - Heavy Yoke

Toad
December 4th 2017


1985 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

thanks man, it's pretty aggressive

BlushfulHippocrene
Contributing Reviewer
December 4th 2017


2611 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Unsure exactly what I think of this, just know that I love it.

Toad
December 4th 2017


1985 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

awesome, glad you dig blush! it's pretty much delightful, immature fire in my eyes

LethalPaintball
December 4th 2017


997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dude fuck yea this album rules

Negator
May 8th 2018


1452 Comments


yo this shit looks elite as fuck

Digging: Robyn - Honey

Angelboros
August 23rd 2018


1357 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

NO SUCH THING AS THE BOOGEYMAN

Frivolous
September 22nd 2018


840 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

god this rules so hard



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