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For how heavy Troller proves itself to be throughout its debut release, it’s striking that the brooding melodies and gothic song-architecture remain unusually endearing, evocative, and…well, catchy, for such an overall crushing effort. Troller (HD003) is the most song-driven of Holodeck’s releases thus far, tapping into the underworlds of drone, noise, and various ‘waves’ of dark electronica, as well as pop, though never owing allegiance to any one influence in particular.
The clever sensibilities of Troller are consistently married with their dark, harrowing counterparts. A sense of balance is negotiated between sanguine stabs of analog-synth, destructive blown-out bass lines, and screwed tempo drum sequences, narrated by space-soaked siren wails throughout, equal parts sweet & sinister, giving the shadow a voice with which to speak throughout the full-length.
Troller pull off atonal (and nearly demented) freak-outs such as Milk almost too convincingly to also produce bubbly, sequenced naïve-pop like Winter; one may worry that they are enjoying the darkness a little too much. You wouldn’t be the only one.