Stasis and Sleep Games were pretty bleak visions and the dystopian feel continues in Profane Architecture, albeit taking a much more darker turn – you could almost taste the grey concrete.
Head Technician – Béton Brut
Here, as Head Technician, Jenkins combines two of my favorite interests: synths and brutalist architecture, to create an inspired sound that feels much more experimental than previous releases. The record opens with First Pour, listening to this you are transported to the initial enthusiasm for concrete homes, machines for living in.
Sped-up black-and-white visuals of men and machinery with blocks of beton brut begin forming in your mind’s eye.
The mood continues to grow bleaker and that by the time you hit the B side, the desolation and neglect of architecture that once promised so much becomes woven into darker numbers like Decay Blossoms, culminating into Demolition. The soundtrack of demise.
Head Technician – The New Brutalism
This record is pure synth-work, and Jenkins have thankfully omitted overlaying voice-overs from 70s information films – no matter how tempting it would have been.
The end result is a beautiful piece of work that captures the deliberately cold atmosphere in stunning colour.
Buy Profane Architecture here.