The Lost Record MERgE 7/10

UNCUT - - New Al­bums - Dark, un­pol­ished gem from Na­tion Of Ulysses man pETER WATTS

While Ian sveno­n­ius (Na­tion Of Ulysses, The Make-Up) has re­leased nu­mer­ous records un­der var­i­ous monikers over the past 30 years, Es­cape-ism is his most ef­fec­tive ve­hi­cle since Weird War’s glitchy funk-rock of the early 2000s. The stripped back para­noid tone is cre­ated by sveno­n­ius us­ing rudi­men­tary drum ma­chines, gui­tar, keys and ef­fects, and ends up sound­ing like a cross be­tween sui­cide and kim Fow­ley at his creepi­est. “I’m A Lover (At Close Range)” epit­o­mises the se­rial killer groove, while “Rome Wasn’t Burnt In A Day” is a prim­i­tive mas­ter­piece, and “I Don’t know Where Those Words Have Been” broods and broils.

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