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Papertwin – Vox Humana (Self-Released)


Vox Humana may be the greatest synth pop album this side of Depeche Mode. I know this is cliché, but when you listen to this album you will map out its correlation. This album brings back all of the excitement, the fears, and the fragility of Violator. And with that, Vox Humana cannot be ignored.



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This may be their first album since the Brooklyn band’s inception in 2009 but it is an EP that packs quite the wallop. Nostalgic lasers shoot across the night sky as this band’s synths rev up to illuminate a symphony of stars and lust.

“Akaline” chimes in with strength and purity to the synth pop fundamentals. Immediately, you feel its fluctuations as the melody surrounds us like we are spiralling through the universe.

The real power from this EP comes from “Arco” and the finale “Laces,” where the level of synths amplifies itself into infinity. As the music progresses, the more amazing things get. I had to replay them over and over again just to fully gauge the intensity of the songs. I found myself being stuck in a mesmerizing gaze at how Papertwin can take familiarity and make it extraordinary.

Andrew Duncan
Dug out from a pile of zines and hot sauce, Andrew Duncan has contributed to many publications through the years, including Chord and work with the ever so spunky Readyset...Aesthetic! He now resides deep within your membrane.

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