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Release Through Velocity

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Album Review

Another in Satamile's roster of neo-electro fetishists, Dublin, Ireland's Decal play their electro with a Detroit techno influence, but only in the high-end, not the bass. Bleepy with plenty of chirps, Release Through Velocity is a satisfying headphone record more than a stomping floor-filler. The album keeps a traditionalist attitude toward instrumentation, but Decal's smart song structure goes deeper than the usual robotic precision. The abstract track "64 Guns" pits rival basslines against one another, giving the album its most frantic and unsettling moment. "A Happy Home" is the exact opposite, offering a surprisingly naïve and fuzzy version of Decal much in the way the rather sweet "This Must Be the Place" shed new light on Talking Heads. Otherwise the album keeps a low profile, sticking with a more cold, detached, silicon, and spacey feel.

Biography

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Dublin, Ireland's Decal started life in 1993 as a duo. Alan O'Boyle ran an ad looking for members for his indie band and Dennis McNulty responded. Influenced by everything from Steve Reich to Chaka Khan, the two started recording layers of guitars with electronics underneath. Lack of decent studio equipment made recording the guitar difficult, turning Decal into an entirely electronic band by default. Their debut, Ultramack 004, appeared in 1994 on their own Ultramack label and drew praise from influential...
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