1612 Underture - The Eccentronic Research Council
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  • Summary: The 1612 trial of the Pendle Witches in Lancashire is the concept behind this electronic release featuring Maxine Peake (Shameless UK).
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
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  1. Oct 24, 2012
    80
    This excellent record on Manchester's Bird label isn't some generic late adopter's attempt to take on the Moon Wiring Club, rather a genuinely unhinged, unique and deliciously weird pop album.
  2. Oct 24, 2012
    70
    1612 Underture is most effective when the curious synth tones play over quips about poky limestone villages and "suppers for the worms and the owls."
  3. 60
    Actor Maxine Peake delivers the combination of historical narrative and polemic in her blackest-pudding accent, over a gamelan tinkle of synth tones and string synths that evoke the blend of grit and gentrification now surrounding these events.
  4. Oct 24, 2012
    60
    Imagine the grumpy Northern bastard child of BBC Radiophonic workshop wonk Delia Derbyshire and horror-proggers Goblin. [Nov 2012, p.94]
  5. Oct 31, 2012
    60
    While the LP is patchy, some of the miniature studies for circuitry, essayed by Flanagan and collaborator Dean Honer, are beguilingly eldritch, and the second half's run of pop songs are joyous and odd in equal measure. [Nov 2012, p.72]
  6. Oct 26, 2012
    60
    Actors marry folk tales and socio-political polemic to pulsing, woozy-synth soundscapes. [Nov 2012, p.96]