Review by Julian Cope - March 2014
Next, we collide again with the tragic and solitary world of ZX Electric, whose latest 10-song epic is another post-punk soul orgy of heartache and loss entitled FIXED UNKNOWN. Kiddies, this artist deploys enormous emptiness as part of his major musical arsenal, occasionally tearing at the heartstrings with hoary chord sequences and anguished vocals so appallingly pained that, veritably, it maketh me want to rend my own garments. Elsewhere, in the form of some slight recurring synthesizer theme, he’s thrown us a bone of dubious hope, but nothing ever concrete enough to raise our mouths from anything more positive than a Buster Keaton still. Again deploying titles such as ‘Sorrow Story’, ‘Fracture Torture’, ‘Amnesia’, ‘Move in Shadows’, ‘Fortune Defied’ and their ilk, the world of ZX Electric is a haunted middle-terrace where his dad’s Scalextric layout remains just as it did in the late-60s, where an unsent Valentine card to a secondary school crush sits upon the mantlepiece, where even the latest fish-and-chipshop newspaper wrappers are carefully stacked and saved. Released on ZX Electric’s own Satori Recordings, this artist is definitely one to cherish but certainly not one to stalk. If you know Kevin Coyne’s epically sad ‘Are We Dreaming?’ well multiply that by ten and you’ve come some way to reaching the Living Wake that is ZX Electric. Superb but ultimately terrifying.
released January 20, 2014
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