has with the project Soviet Subliminal Seduction challanged his listeners
with a storm of schizophrenic, diverse, and not least surprising musical
attacks, over the past years. he Through heaps of concerts and self
produced cd-rs he has cunningly jumped from one genre to another consistently:
From harsh noise over naive electro-noise-electronica to something that
could suit the term krautronica. The latter becomes audible here.
Test Drive II consists of four extremely groovy and catchy tracks, that
simply goes right into your feet. Mikko Jensen builds up each track
around a maybe simple yet funky beat, to which is added an equivalent
bassline and Hammond melodyline. Each track progresses according to
this recepie with obvious references to groups like Neu! and Can's more
repeative material. And like Mikko Jensen says himself: "Cut the
talk and bring on the computer rock!". The catch of the concept
is that the lengthy groovy tracks are drawn out, while not a whole lot
happens musically. In that way the listener, despite the immediate catchyness,
is forced to concider when even the most groovy beat runs idle, and
moves the focus of the music from the feet to the head.
Test Drive II is
by far the most catchy Soviet Subliminal Seduction yet has presented
to the world.
On the face of it, there aren't so many frills to this. Though the music
speaks for it self, and you'd have to be exceptionally straitlaced if
Test Drive II doesen't at least get you to tap your toe, it doesen't
mean that you can't use it for some brain exercise too.
Reviewed by Morten Bruhn / Published at Geiger.dk 17th of March 2004.
View original review here.