Discover / / 06.02.15

The Pen Test

The Pen Test’s chugging odes to Kraftwerk on their Interstate LP follow in similarly conceptual nature to the landmark Autobahn album. The Minneapolis-based duo’s hypnotic, steady arpeggios and dehumanised vocals come with a dense, cryptic press release, accrediting the LP’s theme as “an examination of the decline of car culture in American civic religion and the loss of its romanticism.” Indeed, far from the wistful imagination of Kraftwerk, Interstate’s 20-minute opener certainly chugs along through dim lit roads, exploring the highway as a dark, deluding, isolating place, paving the way for paranoia-induced nerv-pop and intertwining sensations of sincerity and delusion. Dead good.