Plaza’ / New Song Premiere On NME / Out February 19th Via One Little Indian
Dan Sartain ‘Century Plaza’ New Album
DL/CD/LP Out February 19th Via One Little Indian
New Song ‘First Bloods’ Premiere On NME
Glorious cult oddball Dan Sartain has been making Jack White about as corporate as Madonna for over a decade now.” NME
Listen to ‘First Bloods’ on NME here and below
Sartain Returnz… Staring out from the cover with (non-artificially) blackened eye, paranoid android Dan Sartain goes back to the future for ‘Century Plaza’ – a new album of darkly nuanced electro-pop, released via One Little Indian on February 19th. While Suicide and Alan Vega have long been acknowledged influences (a cover of ‘Wipeout Beat’ features) ‘Century Plaza’ finds Sartain trolling the British synth-pop wave of ’80-’84 – particularlyDepeche Mode – for inspiration, opening the record with a funereal remake of ‘Walk Among the Cobras’. Lead single ‘Sinking in The Shallow End’ offers up further provocation, indulging a truly outrageous Van Halen-inspired guitar solo (notably the album’s sole concession to the instrument). Crepuscular synths and metronomic beats dominate songs like ‘Cabrini Green’ and ‘Feigning Ignorance’ – either could have been pulled off a Blade Runner or Escape From New York soundtrack in a parallel universe – while ‘First Bloods’ and ‘Black Party’ are pathological US teen anthems that serve Sartain’s particular brand of charisma especially well.
Track list: ‘Walk Among The Cobras’/ ‘Cabrini Queen’/ ‘Wipeout Beat’/ ‘Black Party’/ ‘Sinking In The Shallow End’/ ‘First Bloods’/ ‘Do You Hear My Voice’/ ‘Feigning Ignorance’