Boxcar
Vertigo Revibed



Release Date: 03/25/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: FORGOTTEN 80S SYNTH KINGS HAVE BROKE OUT OF THEIR TIME CAPSULE!

BREAKING NEWS!!!

WE CUT TO YOU FOR AN IMPORTANT BULLETIN!

Miraculously the disheveled teen nerds known as “Boxcar” popular in this 80s/90s cusp transitional period have survived their nearly 30 year freeze! Without a scratch on them too, though they seem a little worse for wear considering they’re also ghosts. They can’t talk either, which is a shame because one look at them and you know they have a lot to say.

On “Vertigo” - their debut release from 1990, the act wrought to afflict the listener with equal dose wokeness at your increasingly-oppressive surroundings as well high-energy synthpop fun not unlike the Twincities-based Information Society. For all intents and purposes, this is a bunch of computer geeks making their own Kraftwerk and having a blast in the process. Perhaps the funniest part is that it works, on Vertigo the beats are infectious as well as covertly emotional.

“I sent an angel to defend your name
How can I be wrong”


The thematic content on Vertigo is often personal and intimate - Hit & Run is a love song disguised as a bitter revenge tale. Gas Stop, which opens the record, is a certified bop sung from the perspective of someone who has been frequently betrayed. Such a theme runs throughout the record: upbeat and fun music with a dark and cynically-clever twist.

The tracks that do not have lyrics at their forefront (including the album’s title track) let the beautiful as well as darkly-comic synthwork shine and take centerplace. It was not uncommon for EBM records at the time to let the sounds themselves do the talking for their frustration but here we get a very clear picture of it - swirling metallic clangs and extraordinarily smooth midi.

The most interesting difference between this release and the original, apart from the masterful remastering and 'revisits', is the cover. The new cover is wholly antithetical to the album’s sound to such a degree that it appears almost positively deliberate. On the original Vertigo, the visual was a closed-off and guarded electronic darkness - this new cover is the exact opposite. The musical compositions themselves have retained their identity but the visual has evolved.

We deserve to hear Boxcar in a time that they are still relevant but no longer heard.


Recommended Tracks:
  • Gas Stop (Who Do You Think You Are)
  • Insect
  • Hit & Run



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cordwainerbird
April 30th 2021


1048 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

boxcar you deserve more than 3000 views on your most popular youtube video and more than 400 likes on facebook. your music fucks and is timeless and i have not forgotten it. i am so ecstatic they did this remaster and only a few weeks ago too. so cool

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DavidYowi
April 30th 2021


678 Comments


Pos. I really dig how to subvert standard review expectations, keeps things engaging.

cordwainerbird
April 30th 2021


1048 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks so much 🙏

parksungjoon
April 30th 2021


30896 Comments


crazy

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bloc
April 30th 2021


65448 Comments


That recommended section made me bust a nut. Will check.

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cordwainerbird
April 30th 2021


1048 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@park i know right. only reason i know these guys is because my dad bumped to them as a teen



@bloc hell yea dude!!

parksungjoon
April 30th 2021


30896 Comments


yea i got some interesting stuff that way as well heh

cordwainerbird
April 30th 2021


1048 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

solidarity 🤝

parksungjoon
April 30th 2021


30896 Comments


was considering making a list with that kind of stuff but prob not worth

cordwainerbird
April 30th 2021


1048 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

same yea. i think its easiest introducing this kind of stuff to ppl in small doses bc if i listed 10 albums that sounded like this the sound would just seem alien and outdated

normaloctagon
April 30th 2021


5577 Comments


sweet review cord, pos’d

parksungjoon
April 30th 2021


30896 Comments


no i meant with obscure shit i somehow was able to hear as a child

cordwainerbird
April 30th 2021


1048 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks a lot norm < 3

thats what i mean park. i find that if i show people said obscure thing one at a time it goes over better than if i do it all at once. when it's only one its like "oh yeah this is cool" versus all at once ppl tend to see it as more overwhelmingly odd

parksungjoon
April 30th 2021


30896 Comments


fuck em

cordwainerbird
April 30th 2021


1048 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

tru

cordwainerbird
April 30th 2021


1048 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i do like getting people into my weird shit tho. i can handle doing it one at a time - it's kinda fun in its own way. can hone in on what i love about the individual piece. that's why im doing "Minimal Wave May" reviewing 3 minimal wave albums a week. going to make a list soon

parksungjoon
April 30th 2021


30896 Comments


crazy

cordwainerbird
April 30th 2021


1048 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

only if i end up pulling it off!

parksungjoon
April 30th 2021


30896 Comments


imagine being productive lol what a nerd

cordwainerbird
April 30th 2021


1048 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

im failing all my classes lmao



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