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    The retirement of Noah Anthony’s Night Burger alias (as effected through his fade-to-grey RIP statement, Burnin’ Fast) dovetails fluidly into his latest/greatest burned mind industrial vehicle, Profligate. Named for an NB track off his What Happens Next? tape on Deception Island, Anthony’s new musical operational model retains the eerie bleakness and concrete atmospheres of his previous project but sculpts them into more maximal, dynamic constructions. Videotape is his 2nd vinyl release (after an excellent LP, Come Follow Me), and it expands his agenda with stark, menacing clarity. “Videotape” is a pummeling ascent of chugging drum machines, flatliner synth electricities, and strobe light sequencer details – like a digital bloodrush to the head you can almost dance to. The flip, “Conditioning Trench,” rides a buzzing dystopian bass-pulse strafed with vintage Roland claps and a paranoid midnight highway synth melody through a dubbed out void and into an exquisite vanishing point. Shadows of Sandwell District-ish negative techno and Vatican Shadow sides flash forth here and there, but refracted through a rawer, more physical basement worldview. A bracing, refined statement by a long-flickering light in American underground music. Recorded in Philadelphia, PA throughout 2011. Black vinyl 12 inches in jackets with ‘haunted roses’ portraiture artwork by the esteemed Christine Jones, plus a photocopied insert. Direct mail-order copies come with bonus home-dubbed cassette of six Profligate remixes; digital version of the album comes with three (by Outmode, DJ mdmHEY, and N. Anthony). Edition of 450.