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since his early days with the skaters back in the mid noughties, ferraro's forays into hyperreal pop cultural meltdown have continued to confound, confuse and excite in a three-pronged attack. 'far side virtual' took ferraro's obsession with nowness to new levels, constructing one of the bravest records this century that polarized listeners like a true punk statement. new lp 'sushi' takes off in another direction - his straightest release in a while - it hits like a sashimi platter, condensing ferraro's various interests over the last few years into a series of accessible bite-sized packages. ferraro borrows from 'far side virtual's tinny sound palette, but leaves that record's conceptual baggage the door; 'silica gel's ambient impulses are present and correct, but sushi is substantially punchier. in ferraro's words: "sushi is designer, sushi is my obsessions, my darkness, it's just my life squeezed into my music". something that heads for the jugular - and the dancefloor - to this extent is a welcome addition to ferraro's masterclass in modernist manipulation of pop mores.
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