Cloning, released on November the 6TH, represents a welcome return to action from Edinburgh band/art collective FOUND, which, as the name suggests, offers an engaging post-modern vision that sounds like it has torn a page or two from inside a Philip K Dick novel.
After 2011’s celebrated factorycraft, the BAFTA winning group’s new release sees three become two, with Ziggy Campbell and Kevin Sim continuing proceedings after Tommy Perman’s departure for pastures new, and this long awaited return sees the duo stick to a winning formula of opaque, experimental, synth pop, dowsed in sparkling analogue synth chords.
Opener A Souvenir for Every Hope You Had gallops along like a more sugar coated version of Mogwai’s Mexican Grand Prix, while diverse tracks such as The First Catastrophe and Halfway Cured give a polished, dream-like dystopian sound that ventures occasionally into 80’s horror film territory.
Standout track Wheel of Apocalypse brings Campbell’s vocal talents to the fore, as the Vangelis-esque synths juxtapose with romantic notions of impending catastrophe: “Futures come and futures go, there’s a future I can’t get to / Now it’s gone, I have to choose, a future where I can’t forget you.”
At eight minutes long, The Second Catastrophe continues the cataclysmic feel with pounding drums accompanying fragile, soaring vocals against an eclectic synth backdrop as Credits offers a strong, brooding finish to a distinctive, yet dynamic piece of work.