It’s been way too long since I’ve listened to an album and been absolutely stunned by everything from the first note of the first song, straight through to the end. The genre that we now call “electro” has been saturated with startup bedroom producers ever since 2006, and the quality of music has naturally been steadily declining, but through all this mess, the Australians really seem to be holding it together. First it was Gameboy/Gamegirl, and now the astonishing trio, Theatre of Disco.
They’ve only just released their debut EP, but I would not hesitate to say it is truly of album quality, in the true sense of the word. It’s a welcome change from the LP’s full of club friendly singles we’ve been hearing so much of. And from there, they take nearly everything that’s popular now in the indie – disco scene and mold it into something that is really, truly unique. Yes, the first 30 seconds of the opening track make use of some pretty gnarly electro synths, but that’s about where the familiarity ends. From there, you’ll hear several different sounds and influences, some familiar (lot’s of 80′s esque fluid soundscapes, as well as noises that could have been taken straight out of a Daft Punk album), and some totally fabricated, but all of them have a certain shine to them that can only be achieved by the careful finesse of a talented musician. On top of that, their vocalist (vocalists?) adds emotion to their tracks that simply can’t be expressed with pure electronics. If you’d asked me a week ago how I felt about chopped up vocal tracks, I would have said that they’ve become an uninteresting cliche: don’t ever listen to me. Theatre of Disco combines pure untouched vocals with glitchy chopped up ones, and somehow, it just works. It’s literally bleeding creativity; Honestly, I don’t even know why I’m still talking. You just need to listen to this album for yourself to fully comprehend it’s beauty. Remember how shocked you were the first time you heard Cross? It’s about to happen all over again.
Here’s the title track, plus another favorite or two:
Theatre of Disco – Go Fifi
Theatre of Disco – Oke
Theatre of Disco – YOA
I highly recommend that you don’t stop after these tracks. The entire EP is phenomenal, start to finish. Well worth the money. You can pick up a copy here.