Synthetic ID, “Ciphers” (Castle Face Records)
Synthetic ID are a band out of San Francisco, who have been releasing music since 2012, but are new to us. Don’t know how we’ve missed them up ’til now.
“Ciphers” is a brilliant piece of spiky, funky post-punk, in the vein of Gang of Four and 154-era Wire, with a soupçon of Crass. The track features a lurching, hypnotic bassline and angst-inducing guitar stabs; shouted vocals talk of searches and receipt of ciphers with “missing words”, incapable of translation and decoding – messages received but not trusted. The peculiarly modern sensation of interconnectedness increasing isolation on our Big (Brother) Blue Marble – who’s real and what isn’t? Fever dreams of electric sheep.