ARTICLE NATASHA STAGG
We've been on the edge of our seats since the next release from Austrailian duo HTRK (pronounced "hate rock") was announced last year in December. With "Blue Sunshine," the second release from Psychic 9-5 Club, the minimalism we fell in love with persists, but the agression of a recognizably industrial influence gently sinks below a Jonnine Standish-voiced sunnier sadness. HTRK was a trio when they started, but after the suicide of Sean Stewart, Jonnine Standish and Nigel Yang were left with a decision. The music felt a celebration of the lonely and alone from the start, so continuing to create it with a missing member could seem a lot more sisnister than in this case. More than atmospheric, HTRK's recording and mixes are cinematic (hear "Ha" on the soundtrack for Kiss of the Damned—classic) and dark (very dark) but with Psychic 9-5 Club, so far, we're hearing more Sophie B. Hawkins than Einstürzende Neubauten. Add a dose of doom to "Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover," though, and you get something a little more disturbing than any straight-up gothic revival anyway.