Exo - Gatekeeper
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  • Summary: The New York industrial electronic duo of Aaron David Ross and Matthew Arkel releases their debut full-length on the Hippos In Tanks label.
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  1. Aug 7, 2012
    90
    [A] thrilling and possibly definitive album, it's impenetrable, multifaceted, and irrepressibly imaginative.
  2. Aug 21, 2012
    80
    Swallow this album whole, letting the peaks and valleys of its cinematic reach melt into one another as it moves forward toward its soft sprung conclusion.
  3. Gatekeeper's Aaron David Ross and Matthew Arkel crunch elements of '80s post-industrial dance, horror/sci-fi soundtracks and computer game music into an enjoyably garish whole.
  4. Aug 23, 2012
    70
    Exo alternately provokes astonishment at its kitschiness and the sensual thrill of its dazzling inhumanism, but that's probably the whole point. [Aug 2012, p.58]
  5. Aug 7, 2012
    58
    The fundamental Gatekeeper template has been stretched and tweaked, putting one tentative foot forward into the future while the other remains firmly rooted in the past.
  6. Aug 27, 2012
    50
    The digital readymades provoke an interesting set of concepts and questions, which is good, but results in an album in which a majority of the heavy lifting is performed by the extra-textual aspects of the project, providing undeserved depth to a series of obsessive repetitions of the banal.
  7. Aug 27, 2012
    50
    An album in which a majority of the heavy lifting is performed by the extra-textual aspects of the project, providing undeserved depth to a series of obsessive repetitions of the banal.

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