Kris Baha’s meta project with GHOSTS IN THE MACHIИE oozes the Y2K anxiety of a technological unknown. The conceptual groundwork built from the previous singles assist in building the tale of a silvery, post-apocalyptic world where machines control humankind—we can no longer suppress the very thing we created.
The newest single, “SENTIENTS,” mirrors the jagged-edged cyberpop of the 90s and early 2000s with its whirling synthesizer accents and danceable percussive elements. However, after the breakdown (which includes a ringing phone), chaos ensues—one that feels like an electric shock. An invasive android voice asks the listener: “Why won’t you pick up?”
Baha’s lyrics emphasize the importance of resistance against the machine that is steadily growing day by day—it’s become clear to him that our dependency on technology is becoming scarily skewed. While “SENTIENTS” grapples with harsh possibilities of the future, the reality is that Kris Baha & GHOSTS IN THE MACHIИE’s newest release is raucous and prickly breakbeat-cum-dark pop perfection.
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