FANTASTIC TWINS, the solo artist formerly known as The Twins, has always carried an air of transmutability - not only in a name creating its own hall of mirrors, but also in a constantly fluctuating sound, from the first spoken word interludes recorded as The Truly Fantastic Dessagne Twins From Saint-Etienne (for the Pachanga Boys’ infamous “We Are Really Sorry” album) to myth-building solo releases on Hippie Dance and Optimo Music, as well as style- bending remixes for La Mverte Vs Capablanca, Moscoman and – most recently – fellow Hippie Dancer Rebolledo.
Following the echo-drenched “Holiday” on “A Very Nice Combinado Volume Dos”, the project from Julienne Dessagne has embarked on yet another transforming journey, leading to the latest outing with the well-suited title THE NEW YOU. Its four tracks prove Dessagne’s ongoing commitment to an open sound aesthetic that works the techno blueprint from the inside out, mutating from foreboding, post-industrial landscape to dazed interzone opera in a heartbeat.
Uncanny rave polaroids from last night’s ill- memorized peak floor flash up on opener SHAKE IT’s mental screen, while follow-up HEY tries to herd its nervously rushing percussion to no - albeit banging - avail. The title track slowly implodes in reverse, pitting Dessagne’s obsessing, molting vocals against a stubbornly no-wave-ish synth bassline and octave-hopping freeform keyboards blown to gaseous smithereens. Post-punk closer TIME SCIENCE kicks into motion with a confused diary entry turned subconscious commentary – while the psych guitar gently weeps all over the neatly arranged furniture. Welcome back, newcomers! [info from label]