Mechanical Servants – Min X Match
This was given to me in a blind trade and quickly became my favorite of the batch sent. Incredibly fun and beautiful, Mechanical Servants bring a refreshing simplicity to the post-punk/new-wave genre. Consisting simply of two females, Pamela Kifer (lead vocalist) and Victoria Harper, a guitar, a bass, a synthesizer and a typerwriter.
The songwriting is brilliant on this 4 track EP, as they’ve stripped down their sound to the bare essentials without it feeling too minimal, which in turn forces emphasis on the vocal part, perfectly preformed by the duo. The best example of this being “Responsateen”, a song about (from what I can tell) the burden of responsibility. While that seems like a simple topic, its explored in depth through this simplicity, an analogy that can be applied to the sound of the EP as well.
I was quite surprised when searching for information on the group that all I could find was an uncompleted auction from the person who sent me the record (at $7.00 even). How could such a gem escape the grasp of the many great collectors browsing the plethora of private issue synth albums that appear on ebay daily? Are there still that many unknown records? Is this just a dollar-bin common? Either way, as the lyrics to “Problem, What Problem?” say:
this is no anthem
my hand on the table
my hand on a cigarette
small comfort to me
The Min X Match EP was released on Mystery Toast (New York) in 1980.