It appears that the Teen-C Revolution that made Bis indie darlings in the U.S. college market and across the U.K. has switched up for good. Bis are adults now -- Manda Rin, Sci-Fi Steven, and John Disco are in their mid-twenties and have taken a liking to DJing in and around their native Scotland. If 2001's Return to Central release wasn't convincing enough, Bis does it again with the mini-album Plastique Nouveau. Synth pop, dream pop, and indie rock threads weave into a new wave/electro helix, and it's a fashionably slick move. Bis calls upon Detroit's Ectomorph and Adult., and Chicago mixer Tommie Sunshine for some additional tweaking on Plastique Nouveau. From Adult's colorless but chic techno twist on "Robotic," to the pseudo-glitzy electro-pop on Sunshine's remix for "The End Starts Today," Plastique Nouveau finds Bis' own retro world. "Don't Let the Rain Come" is keenly reminiscent of the early '80s, quasi-Depeche Mode and Erasure, while the atmospheric "Sound of Sleet" is an equally decadent piece of ear candy. Bis couldn't have done it better, to be quite honest. Plastique Nouveau is brash enough to attract a new batch of dance fans, but cool enough to keep old fans interested.
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AllMusic Review by MacKenzie Wilson