.​.​.​are not what they seem

by Cruise [Ctrl]

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Cruise [Ctrl] is back with their third full length studio release, "Cruise [Ctrl]...are not what they seem" and they are poised for big things. Signifier is pleased to present eight brand new tracks which carry the Belgian pair's characteristic sound last heard on 2011's "How's Annie (US Edition) to a new level of masterful audio execution. The artists continue to explore the mythology behind cult classic television program "Twin Peaks" and those listeners familiar with the eerie David Lynch episodic will find a haunting correlation between the music and its inspiration. With this release, Cruise [Ctrl]'s sound has evolved beyond their orignal minimal techno and industrial roots. While these influences are still very much present, the inclusion of more experimental techniques and grinding mechanical elements introduce a welcome sort of intentional discomfort. The album's whirling atmospherics and rich, sparse beatwork ensure that listeners won't be able to stop themselves from moving their heads along with the restrained and effective techniques that make this outing much more than a passive listening experience. For the first time, the pair collaborates with vocalists on two tracks. "In hell (everything is fine)" features the distinctive sound of Dirk Ivens (Klink/Sonar/Absolute Body Control) and "Billy's problem" is rendered complete with by Sigma (Komplex). Lyrics and vocal collaborations have added an entirely different and welcome variant to Cruise [Ctrl]'s signature sound.

Advance Praise:

Side-Line: "Cruise [Ctrl] remains for me one of the best surprises of the past few years. The electro-minimalism of those sound manipulators remains a fresh and original mix of electronic eclecticism...a fascinating experience, which I hope will finally give them the deserved recognition".

Peek-A-Boo Magazine: "Cruise [Ctrl] provides unapologetic sounds intended to blast apart genre barriers. Their new rhythm structure marks an evolution away from danceable techno/EBM towards a subtle industrial noisy electronica. Let's hope it will allow them to finally get the success they deserve so much!"


released September 25, 2012

Music by Cruise [Ctrl]
Lyrics on track 7 by Cruise [Ctrl]
Lyrics on track 8 by Cruise [Ctrl] + Dirk Ivens
Mastered by CAGEX (www.protoncagestudio.com)
Artwork by John C.
Photograph by Xavier Dufour



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