For over two decades, Null Device has been producing electronic pop music. Or at least, that’s what they tell people. In truth it’s never been that straightforward. Oh, sure, they’ve always kept pop hooks and big synthesizer riffs at their core, but they’ve also written songs in arabic and count a full-time cellist among their members.
So there’s that.
Described by the press, with varying levels of vagueness, as “buoyant”, “sleek” and “textured”, Null Device pulls in a lot of different influences. Sure, there’s classic 80’s synthpop, as expected, but there’s also a love for reverb-soaked shoegaze, jangly dreampop, “Madchester”-style dance-rock, and occasionally a dose of ebullient Bollywood. It’s cohesive enough that they can move from one song to the next without giving anyone cognitive whiplash, yet diverse enough to appeal to anyone from millennial chillwavers to gen-X rave kids to former 80’s goths.
Studio and Gear
Klack – EBM and new beat, in collaboration with Caustic.
Justin Vernon’s Goddamn Cabin – honest, homespun modal dance music made by hardworking boys.
Edgecase – live PA/techno
Every once in a while, Eric O. performs as a member of Matt Fanale’s electro-noise-punk project, Caustic.
Ensku (on hiatus) – House music
The Advanced Toothbrush Orchestra (on hiatus) – dark ambient soundtracks for student films, apparently.