TAGS: EP, HOUSE, SYNTH-POP, TECHNO
[Label: Planet Mu | Cat#: ZIQ329]
Rain (ft. Vezelay) (4:02)
The Tripods (4:20)
Rain (Instrumental) (4:00)
Planet Mu boss Mike Paradinas is primarily known for his µ-Ziq alias that dates back to the 1990s, a project that had a resurgence last year with a new album, Chewed Corners, along with an early-works retrospective, Somerset Avenue Tracks (1992-1995). In addition, he and his wife Lara Rix-Martin make polyglot synth-pop as Heterotic, and following last year’s LP Love & Devotion, the pair are already readying a new album, Weird Drift, for release on April 21 via Paradinas’ label. Those familiar with Paradinas’ u-Ziq work will undoubtedly be surprised by the gorgeous LP single “Rain”, and fans of Love & Devotion might find themselves taken aback by how fully formed the track is, too: featuring a dreamy vocal by vocalist Vezelay, who appears on a few Weird Drift cuts, the song possesses a weightlessness that’s nonetheless heavy enough to crush, with dripping synths reminiscent of OMD’s own astral fantasias coating Vezelay’s tender-but-not-cloying vocal.