Digital music shaping in response to an aggressive genre like noise rock is a nice approach (in theory). What happens when the screaming guitars and shrilling vocals of a band like late ’70s no wave New Yorkers Teenage Jesus and the Jerks are replaced with sterile synthesizers to the same effect?
Just as untrained ears likely bled upon first hearing the cult band’s unforgiving sound, SOPHIE’s latest single, “L.O.V.E.” will mangle the eardrums of listeners who’ve become comfortable with the DJ’s saccharine sound on cuts like “Lemonade“ and “BIPP.” Provocative? Yes. Enjoyable? Absolutely not.