Dirty D :
Rocket Girl :
Out Aug 27 :
With a roll-call of over a dozen collaborators, Dirty D shimmies beatlessly for the first four tracks with The Blue Barracuda proving to be a fine opening gambit, featuring all manner of reference points, namely Gier Jenssen, Eno, Julee Cruise and Joanna Newsom, before a trio of unhinged ambient pieces nullify the senses pleasingly - Berzap, for example, is a blissful take on that space-rock analogy.
And then the 'fun' starts - after the lovely Inside, comes the electro-psychosis of the middle of the album. Shout Out Loud is as mournful as you like, while the single Sun Is Shining sounds like Suicide and Eat Lights Become Lights having a modulator orgy. Among the contributors is lap-steel maestro BJ Cole whose very name is reason enough to get enamoured of Fuxa's efforts. Here though, despite being present on four tracks, Cole is largely subdued apart from on Forward which wouldn't sound alien on his own Transparent Music album of the '80s.
There's an element of the Trent Reznor about Whisper and Shout Out Loud, both prime targets for a spot of EBM remixing I'll wager, while the album's closer is a curious coupling of Ben E.King's Stand By Me and Linda Ronstadt's Different Drum which may or may not have soul purists reaching for their sawn-offs. I rather like it, personally (the duo have previously delivered ethereal covers including The Go-Go's Our Lips Are Sealed). While Dirty D's mysterious title reveals little about its content's origins, listeners can seek solace by kicking back, shutting their eyes and using the far corners of their minds to figure it all out.