Detroit may be at the forefront of Techno but the rest of America is lagging behind. Unfortunately for the radio listening public, the waves in the good old US of A are saturated with a copy of a copy of a copy of a poorly produced original rock formula, leaving no room for electronica, industrial or any tune that strays from the safety of a money-making commercial pop hit guarantee. Perhaps that is why VNVnation, victory not vengeance, despite Ron Harris and Mark Jackson’s cutting edge exploration of the electronic frontier, has been unfortunately over looked.
Based for the last ten years in Europe, VNV’s sonically superior tracks have managed to traverse the Atlantic and their genius has been compiled into Futureperfect. Try David Bowie’s Low meets The Cure meets modern technology and dance tracks. Opening with the classical symphonic “foreword,” Futureperfect quickly moves forward into a complex stream of synths and drum loops, leaving it easy to write the album off as another euro-dance import except for the small fact it far surpasses the post-disco trash that has become the beeps and bass remix of any platinum pop single.
This album is more than a semblance of sounds that rehash the same old breakbeat; it’s a concept album that relies on VNV’s ability to successfully move from classical symphonic composition to drum, bass, and synth hybrids that inspire one to break it down on the dance floor. Where most vocal tracks detract from electronic-based music, Harris’ smooth voice and meaningful lyrics only strengthen the already superior album, picking up where bands like Bauhaus departed. VNV’s combination of darker, slower orchestrations with adrenalizing melodies topped by Harris’ soothing vocalization leaves little to wish for and breathes much needed life into the industrial scene.