While Greece as a nation goes through economic and social decline, it’s musicians are brazenly conceiving some of the most interesting records in Europe. Comprised of pioneers in the Grecian electronic scene, Mechanimal is a trio that synthesizes the motorik of krautrock to an industrial shoegaze.
A couple of years ago a trio of bearded burlymen calling themselves Mechanimal and describing their music as “drone n’ roll” exploded in the Greek music scene after the release of their eponymous first album. Each track on the record, they said, was a “great portrait of the urban landscapes of the post-modern world and its inherent chaos, nihilism, unfulfilled desires, and the economic decadence surrounding this scenario.” Greece, as you may have heard, has been going through something of a rough patch, and the album resonated with the country’s downtrodden youth. A dedicated fan base materialized in an extremely short period of time, and for the past two years those into Mechanimal’s brand of industro-shoegazing have been eagerly awaiting a follow-up. Recently the band announced that their next album, Secret Science, will be released in October 2014.
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Beauty is not found in spite of a bad situation, but in the very tissue of its being, in the experience of living through it; dark, dysphoric atmospheres are evoked, and Mechanimal isolate an aesthetic perspective that emphasises all the power and determination of the human response to them. This is the music of people facing hard choices, not escaping from them; people engaging with situations that they know are unjust, and meeting them with determined realism, not denial or fantasy. The music is organised, coherent, and it is to Mechanimal’s credit that they have found an artistic response to the context in which they find themselves which is not chaotic or viscerally angry. Mechanimal is an intelligent, moving and profoundly powerful album.
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Each song that composes the self-titled album is a great portrait of the urban landscapes of the post-modern world and its inherent chaos, nihilism, unfulfilled desires and the economic decadence surrounding this scenario. Although there are many people working with this proposal, I assure you that most of them are not able to reproduce these portraits in shape of music as naturally and accurately as Mechanimal does.