Influenced by various 'alternative' electronic genres from the '80s & '90s - including Depeche Mode, The The & Skinny Puppy - Mannequin Depressives manage to create a sound that all at once seems familiar, and yet, not quite like any other band you've ever heard before. MD's mixture of electronic sounds (actual synthesizers - no soft synths here) with more traditional instrumentation (voice, guitar, occasional acoustic percussion) create a sound that could be described as 'electro-acoustic pop' or 'post-new wave industrial' - fusing the hi-fi with the lo-fi, and blending pop sensibilities with experimental touches. Their latest release, 'Recycle', is a compilation of B-sides, remixes and other previously unreleased material that clearly demonstrates this blend of experimental and synthpop sounds with classic industrial elements.
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