A distorted whisper about ‘the big sky’ fills the air atop a sparse electro grind on opener ‘Protecting My Wildlife’ and while the next track, ‘Garten’ , steps up the urgency, it’s built on the same framework of repetitive synth bass loops and insistent beats – less an emulation of Goldfrapp than how X-Mal Deutschland may have sounded if they’d collaborated with DAF.
Clanking industrial percussion and woozy basslines dominate the barren sonic vista Gudrun Gut creates, sketching scenes in infinite shades of grey. ‘Tiger’ sounds like ‘Movement’ era New Order, only with a more mechanised bass and even starker and more clinical in execution. The sounds may have an analogue warmth, but the relentless nature of the songs and rhythms – there are no verses or choruses, just slabs of sound, sparse and steely – renders ‘Wildlife’ an album that’s cold and detached. Still, if the robotic disco of ‘How Can I Move’ is disjointed and disorientating, the robotic disco cover of Tina Turner’s ‘Simply the Best’ – recognisable only by the lyrics – is just plan odd.