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REVIEW: MSTRKRFT - Operator

REVIEW: MSTRKRFT - Operator

By: Andrea
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A review of the MSTRKRFT album “Operator.”

 

When not busy assaulting crowds with the sonic obliteration of "Death From Above 1979", Jesse Keeler is also the co-conspirator behind the MSTRKRFT project, which he started with producer Alex Puodziukas. The pair set out to release a brand new single, “Runaway” that also marks the release of their new studio album, Operator.

 

The music featured within this record blurs the lines between garage rock and roll aesthetics and EDM, with a particular look into sub genres such as Future Funk and old-school house music. As a veteran of the punk / alternative rock scene, Keeler still brings an aggressive edge to the sound of the band, but the energy is a bit more calibrated, translating into grooves and upbeat rhythms, rather than into aggression and angst. The vocoder-heavy sound of the record reminds of artists such as Daft Punk, but with much less grandeur and way more instinct thrown into the mix.

 

Although "Operator" marks the beginning of a new chapter for the project, the sound of this release is firmly anchored within the roots of the band and their musical background. This does not feel like a "side project" for Keeler & co, but more of a way to explore different sides of the same personality, aspects of his songwriting that perhaps could not find a home within the DFA project.

 

MSTRKRFT - “Runaway”


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