UNCUT - - New Al­bums - JA­SON AN­DER­SON

Obey SA­CRED BONES 8/10 For­mer Anika front­woman ven­tures through dark­est wilds of post-punk

Now based in Ber­lin, the Ger­man-Bri­tish singer An­nika Hen­der­son be­gan ex­plor­ing the shad­owiest cor­ners of post-punk, mu­tant dub and ex­per­i­men­tal elec­tron­ics as Anika, her col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ge­off Bar­row’s Beak>. On the sec­ond al­bum by her transcon­ti­nen­tal project with Mex­ico City’s Hugo Quezada and Martin Thulin, she achieves some­thing close to the eerie syn­the­sis of avant-clas­si­cal art song and Throb­bing Gris­tle-wor­thy bru­tal­ism that three-quar­ters of TG them­selves cre­ated on their 2012 trib­ute to Nico’s Desertshore. That makes for some grip­ping mo­ments re­gard­less of whether Obey’s con­tents are as icily aus­tere as “sleep­ers” or as abra­sive as “Rant”, a ca­cophonous retro-in­dus­trial closer that’s grimy enough to pass for early Cabaret Voltaire.

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