Segue 11

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I’m dreadfully bored. Because I refuse to talk about a third ambient interlude in a row, I’m instead gonna cover a song that I’d have no reason to talk about otherwise, but is actually related to Failure: Autolux’s “Change My Head”, or originally “Future Perfect”. Yes, the penultimate song from Autolux’s 2016 glitchfest Pussy’s Dead […]

Segue 9

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The Otherwhere bot kindly saw fit to give me three segues to review in a row. I am man enough to admit for the record that I actually missed the week I was supposed to review this because I was too busy getting impacted teeth cut out of my face and listening to not much […]

Segue 6

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Shock and horror came over the Failure fan community when it was discovered that ORG Music’s first-time 2013 vinyl issue of Magnified was, in fact, missing “Segue X”, the unofficial name for the guitar instrumental that starts in the fade of the title track. Ken understandably took to the band’s Facebook page to complain and […]

Counterfeit Sky

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I confess I’m familiar with everything Failure’s put out with the exception of their return album, 2015’s The Heart is a Monster. It’s an oversight that’ll be fixed by the next time I have to review a track from it, but an oversight nonetheless. I think the shininess put me off when the songs didn’t […]

Another Post Human Dream

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Shortly before In the Future (read: the first EP, not the entire album) got released, Greg went on record to describe the album as being about “the surrogate reality of the internet”–a force for dehumanization from the perspective of three guys whose career predated it. It seemed, and still seems, half-hearted. The video for “Dark […]

Small Crimes

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To say “Small Crimes” is Failure’s finest closer is perhaps to ignore “Daylight”, but I’m gonna say just that. “Small Crimes” is the kind of bleak, dissonant burnout a million angsty guitar bands at the time wish they could write. “Small Crimes” is the song that, aside from “Undone”, best represents the whole of Magnified, […]

Gone

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If I’m honest, I always found Failure’s early lyrics more interesting than the space rock/science fiction themes they’d play with on Fantastic Planet onwards. They seemed…more disturbed, more macabre, more evocative early on. It’s hard to argue with the seediness and spilt seed of “Princess”, the paranoia of “Screen Man”, or “Count My Eyes” in […]

Another Space Song

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The Essentials booklet is a curious read: Ken and Greg take turns giving their take on the “greatest hits” of the Failure catalog, as it were, with Fantastic Planet getting the lion’s share of the discussion thanks to the six tracks from it featured on the first disc. While they discuss “Another Space Song” at […]