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They Can't Be Saved
Artist
The Fear Ratio
ReleaseProduct
They Can't Be Saved
Label
Skam Records
Catalogue Number
SKALP036
Release Date
March 2020
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Back in 2018 The Fear Ratio – the duo of producers James Ruskin and Mark Broom - broke a several-year silence with the release of an eponymous live EP. Fast forward to 2020 and we find the pair back in their old stomping ground of Skam Records with a new LP entitled They Can't Be Saved.

In many ways They Can't Be Saved is a signature set from The Fear Ratio. This is a record of quietly-experimental electronic music, its tracks operating largely in a space between Warp acts like Plaid and the squelching IDM of, say, Analord-era Aphex Twin. Opening track ‘Sender’ ushers us into a world of ethereal harmonies and gently-pattering programmed drums, setting the tone for the album’s pretty first third.

However, things change as we enter They Can't Be Saved’s midsection. Here we find some of the album's most technoid cuts - tracks like ‘Small World’ and ‘The Invisible Girl’ feature fidgeting beats that will have you looking over your shoulder more than once. We are also introduced to some Craven Faults-esque hauntology on ‘The Curse’. The rest of They Can't Be Saved is caught between those beautiful opening tracks and the more paranoid numbers that follow - see the disintegrating beauty of closer ‘A406’, for instance.

James Ruskin and Mark Broom have delivered They Can't Be Saved, the latest full-length from their IDM-adjacent project The Fear Ratio.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Sender The Fear Ratio 3:14 Buy
  2. 2 Exile The Fear Ratio 3:52 Buy
  3. 3 Grey Code The Fear Ratio 4:08 Buy
  4. 4 Small World The Fear Ratio 4:42 Buy
  5. 5 The Invisible Girl The Fear Ratio 3:42 Buy
  6. 6 The Curse The Fear Ratio 5:22 Buy
  7. 7 LM3 The Fear Ratio 4:57 Buy
  8. 8 Captive The Fear Ratio 2:41 Buy
  9. 9 Game Plan The Fear Ratio 3:34 Buy
  10. 10 The Final Vision The Fear Ratio 5:32 Buy
  11. 11 BY3 The Fear Ratio 3:25 Buy
  12. 12 A406 The Fear Ratio 4:47 Buy

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