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The Dictaphone is Jérémie Morin from France and he’s been making experimental post punk for the past 10 years. Last year, he released the completely electronic Time Flies When You Are Having Fun on Un Je Ne Sais Quoi and he’s already back with a new album. How to Improve Your Relaxing is out on the same label this week, and sees a return to more familiar territory. Morin permits himself to experiment in the very best of Geoff Goddard ways. Opening track “Chant” reminds me of Midnight Mines and throughout the rest of the album everything from tropicália to dark wave is thrown into the mix. My favourite track is “Stalemate” which sounds like a John Barry soundtrack run through a meat grinder.

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June 10, 2019

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