To celebrate the seminal record’s 20th year, ADULT. and Ghostly have repressed Resuscitation in limited edition black and red vinyl.
Resuscitation served as a de facto introduction to the duo in 2001, collecting songs on CD (and later, vinyl) that had only previously been available on hard-to-find singles and EPs. At the time, the album’s combination of crisp beats, discordant synth patterns, and Nicola Kuperus’ detached monotone sounded like a broadcast from a forgotten past. The duo had steeped their craft in the analog sounds of forebears like Kraftwerk but applied an ultramodern, menacing sheen. Their visual aesthetic was just as important — embodied by a signature look and Kuperus’ photographs which were featured across their album packaging. Their live shows drew on a sense of what a reviewer once called “detached intrigue.”
Two decades later, the record’s utility endures and its influence is even more apparent when surveying the state of minimal wave and dark dance music. They remain one of the most fervent proponents of a style that harnesses the perverse aspects of the late ’70s analog dystopian post-modernism, and only they do it like ADULT.