When formulating his Three Laws of Robotics in 1942, Isaac Asimov would never have reckoned that one day, a pretty girl would of all things get involved with one of these heartless, calculating, programmatic machines he later seminally described in 'I, Robot'. Otherwise, he would have put one law far above the other laws that robots are not allowed to hurt humans, have to obey humans as well as have to protect themselves: If a girl and a robot are about to make music together, this relationship is to be supported.
The answer to the question of why this law is to be set above all the others has already been given by The Girl & The Robot
and their extraordinary debut 'The Beauty of Decay'. The warmth of human emotions, merged with cool, calculating electronics was one of the biggest discoveries in 2010 - and was yet only the beginning. With summer approaching, the fascinating Plastique
and her machine man Deadbeat
once again rise to the limelight to continue the most unusual relationship in music history. Their EP 'Silence/Borderline' once more takes on dazzling journeys through mysterious circuit universes that again and again get melted by Plastique
's alluring voice.
The most important interface in the virtual cosmos of the EP are the two tracks 'Silence' and 'Borderline', both impressively proving how deep the unequal duo dug into their floating Electro worlds and how much they actually learned from each other. Results of this are two both gripping and artful examples of nocturnal electronic music, breaking up the cold sequences in 'Silence' with warm, tantalizing synthesizer drops while 'Borderline' with its Swedish (!) lyrics is driven through the depths of human emotion by a dark and hypnotizing beat next to Plastique
's bitter, yet passionate vocals. The mixing of human conflicts with the robot's yearning for exactly these is raised to a new level, putting away with the Röyksopp
or Kirlian Camera
comparisons once and for all and displaying a characteristic trademark sound instantly recognizable.
Besides these two groundbreaking deepening of the relationship between man and machine, six remixes wait for the Robot disciples, among which the Welle: Erdball
interpretation of the debut hit 'Another Love' and Fredrik Wiberg
's unbelievably bluesy singer/songwriter version of 'Borderline' clearly stand out. Especially this last track proves that Plastique
's vocals also work splendidly in a smoky bar context - but who would have any doubts in this fairy-like being? The video for 'Borderline' concludes an EP whose atmospheric depth would even let the tin man from Oz find his heart. Although he would lose it for this enchanting project right again.