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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.

Customer Reviews

Grooves Mag review!

This was a exceptionally strong LP of its time, symbolizing the advancements and culminating together years of 90's Electro for this final statement. More aggressive , fairly fast tempo, and driving synths and drummachines charachterize this style of Electro as "machine gun" style. Decal has a long and rich history of performing with the likes of Andrew Weatherall, and playing numerous European festivals. One of the true leaders of the Dublin, Ireland Electronic music scene. A must have for the collectors of Electro.

Grooves Mag review:
"Decal's Alan O' Boyle and Dennis McNulty definitely have a taste forr the rough and robotic side of punk electro in their new full-length. for the most part its's a visceral collection of machined breaks, cheap-sounding synths and a dysfunctional dance -floor epic "Surge", as it flows together pumping beat and badly tuned synthetic strings. Similarly, "64 Guns" merges a machine-gunned tone with a dreary 6/4 tempo . But Decals goes in a softer direction halfway through the disc with tracks such as "Final Statement" and "Of the Present", pieces that strike a less chilly, less abrasive and more house like tone.",,,,,,
by Alex Reynolds


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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