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Pulsewidthmod, ‘eRRor’
On the Baltimore Uprising-themed “#fearwillkeepthelocalsystemsinline,” Pulswidthmod doled out the dead-eyed synth sounds of John Carpenter and Nine Inch Nails to convey Orwellian dread as our city was under a curfew. This year’s follow-up “Right of Passage” feels more hopeful though no less political (see ‘Selfish Cunt’) and is still rife with nostalgia (heavy nods to Krautrock; a cover that recalls “Contra” for NES). The highlight is ‘eRRor’ and its fervent, distant beat. It could be the sound of another wave of change or maybe just a rave raging 100 miles away. Either way, new signs of life.