Modern Stars
Psychindustrial


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jesper L. CONTRIBUTOR (103 Reviews)
November 29th, 2021 | 16 replies


Release Date: 11/26/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: hyp, no sis!

Even though Psychindustrial was brought to life by a band called Modern Stars, it feels anything but modern. That’s not to say it’s outdated or decrepit; rather, the record seems timeless. The Italian trio’s sonic approach is rooted in a focus on near-ritualistic repetitions, tracing such delicately grounded patterns by means of unique and easily distinguishable yet perfectly amalgamating performances.

Each song on the record is persistently underscored by the warm humming of a sitar, occasionally assuming the spotlight and frequently functioning as a vibrant canvas for other sonic components to contrast and complement. The incredible early album highlight ‘Artificial Wombs’ thrives off its hypnotising textures, weaving repetitions into a deeply engaging meltdown during the final minutes. The song feels warm yet detached, its empowering chants beautifully aided by the consistently intensifying drums. Modern Stars are at their very best when focusing on such cadences and subtle motifs; the epic ‘Indian Donna Summer’ showcasing Psychindustrial at its most ambitious. Carefully cruising through a singular, highly distinct rhythm, the song feels like a gently winding dream, augmented by its lingering guitar work. At no point does ‘Indian Donna Summer’ feel overlong or exhausting: its entrancing melodies are more than enough to sustain and justify its thirteen minutes.

While the bulk of Psychindustrial comprises such enchanting compositions, the record’s tracks occasionally indulge in more traditional songwriting. While these sections are not bad by any means, they do pale against the album’s best moments. Modern Stars’ vocalists adopt a rather distant approach, aided by similarly obscuring production and perfectly tailored to the more psychedelically repetitions, yet overly greyscale when focusing on effective choruses. Thankfully, the band appear aware of this: opener ‘Hypnopaedia’ starts off as fairly unremarkable indie rock, yet manages to combine its elements into a fascinatingly abstract entanglement during its second half. As such, the album leaves enough room for improvement while efficiently accentuating that which makes it wonderful throughout.

Psychindustrial’s two instrumental tracks - the “iNtErLuDeS” - wonderfully space out the record into a highly digestible affair that masterfully accomplishes intensity without acceleration. The elegant ‘War is Peace’ bleeds into the album’s closing track, a more explicitly psychedelic offering and, simultaneously, an excellent indication of where Modern Stars may go next. The band are onto something truly special, and Psychindustrial is a bright glimpse of what this may encompass.



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JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
November 29th 2021


3857 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

top 2 italian bandcampcore of the year ez

but no srsly this owns check it: https://modernstars.bandcamp.com/album/psychindustrial

Digging: yourboyfriendsucks! - Episode 1

GhandhiLion
November 29th 2021


14137 Comments


Nice one I'll give this a check

Sunnyvale
Contributing Reviewer
November 29th 2021


3284 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jesper reviews a band I've never heard of with a shoegaze tag, guess that means I have to check!

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
November 29th 2021


3857 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yay, hope you 2 enjoy!!

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
November 30th 2021


5602 Comments


Nice record

Digging: Papir - 7

LunaticSoul
November 30th 2021


2064 Comments


I was looking for the italian disc of the month cheerios

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
November 30th 2021


3857 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hell yea, gonna need an IDOTM list at some point!!

LunaticSoul
November 30th 2021


2064 Comments


I am Italian and try to listen at least to a couple discs from my nation each month

needless to say I usually come up disappointed, this is really not my thing tbh but good rev, made me want to check.

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
November 30th 2021


3857 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ah dope, i should listen to more dutch music as well tbh

rip (and thanks)! did you check the nightcrush album that came out a few months ago? also italian and probably a lil bit better than this one

LunaticSoul
November 30th 2021


2064 Comments


so with italian bands, I try to aim at finding also italian language discs, otherwise I am just listening to "international" sounding music lol

Nightcrush though won my heart after like 20 seconds so good rec man ahahah

MrSirLordGentleman
November 30th 2021


14829 Comments


architecture in album artworks is always cool

Sunnyvale
Contributing Reviewer
November 30th 2021


3284 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm really liking this, get some Galaxie 500 vibes from some of the songs (which is very good thing)

CugnoBrasso
December 1st 2021


1213 Comments


Yeah I love that artwork

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
December 1st 2021


3857 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hell yeah sunny! and agreed, artwork slaps

Sunnyvale
Contributing Reviewer
December 2nd 2021


3284 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can't tell whether naming a song "Indian Donna Summer" is peak cringe or awesome, I think I'm leaning towards awesome

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
December 13th 2021


3857 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

popping in here to say that yet another great italian gaze record came out recently (might have to consider moving to italy at this point lmao): mondaze - late bloom



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