DRACULA LEWIS "Use Your Illusions"
LP 33 RPM
After a 12” for the Souterrain Transmissions label and a split LP with Ducktails on No Fun Productions, Dracula Lewis delivers his long-awaited debut full length "U$e Your Illu$ion$"; a title which evokes an imaginary deviant glamour which is synonymous with the teasing nature and sense of mystery which is a part of Dracula Lewis’ world. Working with an abundance of pop based ideas with an abstract mentality, the record brings to mind, in manner and tone, hallucinatory avant strategies that were typical of the second wave of industrial. The material is based around a narrative of total fantasy, sometimes very dark others a shimmering duel between light and shadow. Piercing synth tones, pounding beats, samples and effected vocals are the staples of U$e Your Illu$ion$ sonic make up with tracks that confront traditional song structures as well as embrace them with a certain amount of playful austerity. They also form an estranged narrative visually that ridicules the emptiness within the density of Dracula Lewis’ stylistic and fantastical references. Like his contemporaries Sewn Leather and Jaws, It’s the underlying punk attitude to U$e Your Illu$ion which hits home the most, using primitive electronics and dub techniques to epitomize desecration and neglect.
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