[Album Review] Programm- A Torrid Marriage of Logic and Emotion
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Release Date: April 22nd, 2016
Label: The Hand Recordings
When we first heard (and loved) Programm with last year’s ‘Like the Sun’ EP we thought they were a great example of electronic, near gothic, post-punk. Now that we get to hear a full album of their efforts it’s apparent that there is more to their sound. And, yes, it’s a good thing.

Maybe we should have listened closer because there is a seed of baroque folk pop in the vocals on “Like the Sun”. The seed, however, sprouts and fully blossoms on tracks like “Everything At Once”, and especially “Underneath”. The latter track also showcases another musical dimension to Programm – psychedelia. The track has roots in hippie mindfuck but the terrific electronics propel it into the heart of the 21st century.

Our emphasis on psychedelia and baroque folk should not be misconstrued. Programm cleverly, and tastefully, pick up elements from the ‘60s (“Chemical Fires” could be a lost track from ‘Sounds of Silence’ if it wasn’t for the electronics and weird guitar) but they forge their music in a very modern crucible. In other words, their forward-looking sound is steeped in electronic post-rock/post-punk sensibilities even while they pay tribute to some classics.