And we both know, love’s not in our hearts!
It’s probably down to my own love of the three and half minute pop song but Industrial isn’t really a type of music that I’m mega into. Like most music fans I’ve dipped my toe into the sound palette through it’s most notable artists – Throbbing Gristle and Nine Inch Nails – but never really wandered too far from the beaten trail, and find critically acclaimed records like The Seer by Swans basically impenetrable.
It’s for this reason that I have a soft spot for HEALTH, a Californian quartet who have been releasing records for nearly a decade and have a neat habit of creating Industrial tracks like Stonefist! which are poppy enough for me to get on board with. Taken from their newest album Death Magic, the song’s synths flit between being jarringly thuggish and somewhere between sombre and remorseful, and makes me feel a sort of exhilarated sadness – something I didn’t think was possible. It’s an emotional effect that (for now) I’ve only ever felt whilst listening to the few Industrial tracks that I genuinely connect with and is the reason that I return to HEALTH (and am willing to give that chuffing Swans record another go) time and again.