N.O.I.A.

N.O.I.A.

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If there's any type of unearthed recordings suited for release on Adult.'s Ersatz Audio label -- barring some lost John Foxx studio work, perhaps -- it's the material that makes up this disc. Alternately and no doubt somewhat humorously billed as "Unreleased Classics," these dusted-off songs from Italy's N.O.I.A. fit right into the remainder of the Ersatz Audio catalog. These songs were written between 1978 and 1982, before the group was able to put out any records. Nearly two decades after the songs were written, the group got back together and (re-?) recorded them. With the concurrent rise of several young groups who look to the Human League as much as the average guitar group looks to the early Rolling Stones, 2003 is an almost ideal year for this release. Most of these songs fit with Ladytron as well as they fit with something off John Foxx's Metamatic. The programmed beats are stiff and simple but thick and efficient; the arrangements are charming but distant; the vocals are robotic but melodic. In fact, N.O.I.A.'s level of obscurity is such that Ersatz could've pushed this as a new group's first recordings without much risk of being called out on it.

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