Private Entertainment 'Four Tracks' 7"
On their debut 7" single, Private Entertainment blow a cold air into your face and nostrils with these four tracks.
Only a duo from Moscow can emit such a glassy, melancholic noise, simple yet strange. Calling to mind the dark gradient
aesthetic of November Novelet or a hazy, unwoken Kitchen and the Plastic Spoons, Private Entertainment cover a decent
range of synthesized sound in the confines of this small plastic disc.
There are 419 copies pressed, each on clear vinyl with pro-printed and -glued sleeves. There are 6 test pressings
on black vinyl with stamped center stickers in regular sleeves.
01 - Flowers
02 - He's Dancing In My Belly
03 - The Dream
04 - Emission
Icy, sensuous minimal synth/coldwave duo from Russia, last heard on the second Wierd Records compilation. Three of the four tracks here stay in pop territory, with simple and ominous verse/chorus structures, deep female vocals barely raising a pulse. The last, “Emission,” is a satisfying, if common, burst of phased electronics, oscillating in anticipation of danger. Nice release from a label that continues to impress. Clear vinyl.
Moscow’s Private Entertainment come
over like the missing link between
Kraftwerk and Men’s Recovery Project,
issuing four cuts of burbling nightmarish
circuitry with sultry female incantations
promising all permutations of criminal,
psychological and sexual mischief. The Dream
is a particularly disturbing post-gothic ride, built
and broken upon the backs of some antiquated
synthesiser work, unravelling a hedonistic
journey that scrapes at the underbelly of some
otherworldly sin. For those eagerly awaiting that
Fever Ray album, this might just be the stop-gap
Subdued Russian synth sounds that still manage to have some punk tension to them. The four songs are so similar
that though I've listened to this a dozen times, I have one blurred pulse in my head. And that pulse is fine,
given that it is a good pulse, something that reminds me of the hum of a florescent bulb flickering in the cold
of an empty airport parking garage at 1 AM.
Released October 2008