Satellite Footprintshop

LIAM

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LIAM is Satellite Footprintshop's first (short) full-length album, and the Viennese label Werkzeug's first venture outside of the group FON. It is a fun platter of electroclash, with stylistic ties to early-'80s electro-pop, industrial, and Coil. The male singer evokes very early Matt Johnson whispering into a megaphone. Each track develops a different side of the group's personality. As a whole, the album gives the impression of a group that either still searches for its sound or deliberately wants to avoid being pigeonholed. What's important is that LIAM is entertaining to listen to. The early-'80s references hide deeper experimentation that is revealed only on close listen, making it more couch than dancehall/electronica. "Girl" has underground hit potential, as does "Everybody," but the real treats are found in the whimsical "Drop Out," and the tortured "Split Lips." This album is more immediately accessible than FON's experiments, and is recommended to fans of the electroclash/electrotrash scene. The album deserved to be longer. An extra track is hidden on the other side of a ten-minute gap after "Split Lips."

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