Living Textures (LP)
Black Water - 13 €
Portland, OR trio, Vice Device, have honed a distinct blend of live electronic rhythm, layers of synth that range from lush to searing with bass that gnashes at the edges, primal and shattered. Dual vocalists explore moods that are eerily charged as well as hauntingly somber, akin to both Depeche Mode and Bikini Kill. After a handful of well received singles, split EP’s and compilation appearances, the group delivers on their long awaited first LP, “Living Textures”. The album features 8 tracks that evoke the spirit of both early 80’s Berlin and NYC underground music. Inspired by the electronic punk aggression of X-Mal Deutschland and Suicide, the minimal synth austerity of Xeno & Oaklander and a healthy dose of art damaged underground noise harkening to Malaria! and early Sonic Youth, “Living Textures” is both refreshing and familiar.