Album Review: Amnesia Scanner — 'AS'

Album Review: Amnesia Scanner — 'AS'

This Berlin duo makes electronic music for a post-apocalyptic world.
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Amnesia Scanner is a Berlin electronic duo, who have been recently signed to the Young Turks label that holds many fantastic artists like FKA Twigs, The xx (recently spearheaded by Jaimie xx), SBTRKT, Chairlift, and many others. The group takes very abstract approaches to standard electronic music and give off a sort of post-apocalyptic sound. This debut EP of theirs is pretty crazy, with quite a few very enthralling and abrasive songs on it.

It opens with "Gardens Need Walls," which is a take on industrial electronic that features some grinding, metallic synths and a fast-paced melodic drum beat. It's a little sleepy with not a lot of build up, but it has a nice groove to it. It actually has a bit of a J-Lin feel to it with the way they use the drum machine. "Crust" is a bit of a low-key bump, the way it opens with these long drones, then breaks into these dusty-sounding synths and a pitch-altered vocal melody that makes the track kink of haunting.

It then breaks into these really creepy sounds that almost have an underwater quality to them. The only thing about this track that's a little odd is the random beep during the little refrains. I don't know quite why they included that, but it doesn't really take away from the overall quality. The song "Chingy" is definitely a remnant of dancehall music, with really heavy wobble synths and a very thumping, almost anthem-like beat. It breaks down into these crazy, uncontrollable synths that are reminiscent of SOPHIE, my favorite producer at the moment. If there were clubs in the Mad Max universe, this would be a smash hit.

"Wood Gas" is another crazy song that just has so much going on in it. It has a crazy synth lead to start it off, and then it devolves into this really crazy breakdown that sounds like its being played backwards. It's really a fantastic song. The next one is "Want It," which sounds like a bit of an epic. It has really heavy sub bass, and a very processed vocal melody that sounds great and adds some buildup to the almost cinematic bass line.

The EP ends with "Atlas," which is the most different sounding song on the project. It features a vocal melody that is a little whiny, and it then repeats for the entire song and becomes very annoying very fast. It doesn't build up into anything very exciting, and makes the 4-and-a-1/2 minute track pretty uneventful. Even still, it does have a really cool melody using these Japanese strings that gives it a cool world sound.

This thing is pretty short, but it covers a lot of different genres of electronic music-and gives each one a very nuclear fallout- like sound. They definitely pull from some of the more unique and prevalent producers in the game right now, but I still think they're doing I highly recommend you check this thing out.

Fav. Tracks: "Chingy," "Crust," "Wood Gas," "Want It"

Least Fav. Track: "Atlas"

Cover Image Credit: Pitchfork

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11 Things You Understand If You Hate Physical Contact

Please keep your hands and feet away from me at all times.
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We currently live in a world where EVERYONE LIKES TO TOUCH EACH OTHER. People enjoy hugs, high fives, tapping others on the shoulder, pokes, ect. For someone like you and me (I'm assuming you too since you clicked on this article), this is the WORST thing in the world. Whenever I think of someone touching me (even just a poke) without my permission my reaction is like Sofia Vergara in Modern Family.

I mean, when I take that love languages quiz, physical touch is always on the bottom of my preferences. So I thought to my self, you know I can't be the only person in the world that hates physical touching. So here are 11 things every person who hates physical touch will understand:


1. When people tickle you

I don't care that it's just for fun and jokes; I'm not laughing because I want to, you are literally forcing me to laugh. I hate you, get your greasy hands off of me before I make you get them off of me.


2. When people think they need to tap your shoulder to get your attention

As if simply saying "Hey" followed by my name wasn't enough. I don't need your grubby little fingers touching me. Now I'm annoyed with you before this conversation even started, what do you want?


3. When someone you barely know reaches in for a hug

I don't know who the heck you're thinking you're about to hug because it sure isn't going to be me. Hugs are reserved for people I know well and like, not you. Okay release me now, I am not enjoying this. LET ME GO.


4. When people tell you that you aren't an affectionate person

Are you aware there are ways to show my affection without constantly being all over you like a koala bear? Yes, I'm affectionate, hop off.


5. When someone is in your personal space

We could be best friends, we could be complete strangers. We could be lovers, I could hate your guts. We could be in private, we could be in public. I don't care what the situation is, if you're in my personal space uninvited GET OUT. There is no reason to be so close to me unwarranted.


6. You don't know how to comfort people

When you see an upset loved one, most people think they you should comfort then by pulling them into a long lasting hug. But, that's the kind of things that your nightmares are literally made out of. So, you stand there confused how you should comfort your friend/relative while also not sacrificing your touch moral code.


7. When people say you "look like you could use a hug"

Um no. I never could use one, get off of me. I will let you know when I want one.


8. When you're hugging someone wondering how soon you can release

Please end my suffering.


9. When you arrive at a social gathering and people rush to greet you with hugs

Let's not.

10. When you try to leave a social gathering by just waving to get out of goodbye hugs

Please no one make me hug you.


11. That one person who is allowed to hug you/touch you

This person, typically a significant other or best friend, gets to break all the "no touch" rules and we gladly accept their hugs and cuddles and public displays of affection. But only them, no one can copy them.

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1. You are healthy

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