Equal parts Kraftwerk, the better parts of Roedelius, Metro, Daevid Allen, a bit of the Buggles, Woo, and Enoidian nursery weirdness—even some Beach Boys!—Knox Bronson has created a prog-pop confection of very attractive atmospheres alternating between stark and lush, innocent and knowing, 70s and 00s, perhaps even chamber and MTV. Sections of this are mindful of Verity's Digital Planet, a lost prog gem, but there's also a small trace of lightened-up Kevin Ayers, though Bronson's vocal work is completely untutored and oft a tad too forward in the sonic field, best when he pushes through a Vocoder (catch Stay and Hey Little Earthgirl). In fact, the singing's the only deficit in a collection otherwise boasting a Romantic approach swimming in Acadian pastorale and elliptically magnetic fields. Perhaps the most striking aspect of Pop Down is the availability of each cut for covers, for juicy permutations that could be crafted from such wide-open bases. This is Bronson's first third release—which means the first two were never officially released—and shows predominantly Impressionist roots grafted into futuristic means but not yet fully realized, though very close and extremely promising.
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