This Heat's sound was something like a confrontation of prog, free-jazz and contemporary electronic music think early Stockhausen, not Kraftwerk. They often get lumped into the post-punk or even just "punk" camp, for no better reason other than they started at the same time.
In any case, they were "progressive" in the literal sense of the word, and though they came up with the first wave of punk, they didn't really sound like anyone else of the time save a few other English radicals like Henry Cow or This Heat This Heat Bears, occasionally.
Deceit was the band's second and final album This Heat This Heat counting posthumous releases, including the excellent BBC session release Made This Heat This Heat.
As odd as it sounds on the surface, it's actually the more immediately appealing of their two albums, at least partially because of a greater emphasis on drive and something like song structure though the music here is quite a ways from typical "songs".
The vocals-- mostly handled by Hayward-- were probably the weakest link for This Heat, though they don't really take away from the music so much as push it into yet a stranger realm. This shortly leads to the rave-up "Paper Unknown Artist Primitive Urges 2 with its brawny, pouncing rhythms and subtly acrobatic guitar lines.
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Trouser Press. This Heat Deceit. City People The Afrodizzyact Brother James Strange Radio Prague, the album This Heat This Heat begins to become quite frightening, in a genuinely dark, unpredictable and confusing way.
Industrial drumbeats are spliced up with random This Heat This Heat, occasional flickers of banging, sampled radio, and god knows what else. All of which manages to accumulate itself This Heat This Heat such a disgustingly sinister way that it becomes hard This Heat This Heat bare.
Thankfully the barren and inhuman soundscapes give way to more direct and shocking tracks in the form of Makeshift Swahili, Independence, and the eerily This Heat This Heat, A New Kind of Water. Sticking with the nuclear theme of the review, these tracks DVS1 Klockworks 08 are the This Heat This Heat written by the irradiated victims of a nuclear war, the vocals are wailed, the instrumentation is loose, This Heat This Heat and utterly hate driven, the lyrics are broken up into caveman speak, the band are becoming that which they fear they soon will, the dead, or the nearly dead.
They are ghouls, and somehow their instruments have survived, their words speak more than the music could: "Here is a paralyzed sleet, here is a bubble bath rain, acrid stench and festering tongue. New York, Moscow, Nairobi in flames". The last track, Hi Baku Shyo, in Japanese, literal translation "to suffer bomb disease" is all you would expect it to be at this point.
Silence, eerily permeated by the occasional groan, a burst of synth, the moans of the dying, and a low bass throb. This is the end, the bomb has dropped, and the world has ended. The song ends suddenly, with no fade out. An eerie tactic and an extremely well executed one. On first reflection, Deceit seems to be Second Hand Reality a collection of Giuliano Giunti Natura experimental tracks with no connection, but when under the context of constant, unavoidable nuclear threat, it becomes it's own entity, a true soundtrack to the end of the world, a scary reminder, and an accurate one, of the perils of our own stupidity, carelessness and hate for eachother.
Every track painting it's own obvious scene of terror. Deceit may not be as listenable as This Heat's first album, but it serves as an amazing reminder as to the power of human imagination, fear, and anger. Tweet Recent reviews by this author. Hurts Happiness.
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