Photo by: David Fitt

Photo by: David Fitt


One-man Parisian powerhouse, Perturbator has unveiled the artwork and tracklisting from his highly-awaited fourth album, The Uncanny Valley, which sees its worldwide release on May 6th via Blood Music.

Mastermind James “Perturbator” Kent stormed onto the retrosynth scene with his perfect rehash and improvement upon 1970s and 1980s analog synthesized film scores. His oeuvre expertly recounts and expands upon the work of John Carpenter (Halloween), Vangelis (Blade Runner) and Goblin (Suspiria) evoking nocturnal visions of neon-glyphed cyberpunk desperation.

Perturbator’s 2014 breakthrough album Dangerous Days, saw unprecedented success – pushing him from virtually unknown into four vinyl pressings of the album, three CD pressings, and two cassette pressings – as well as sold out gigs across Europe – in less than two years’ time. His works have gained him mass critical acclaim from Decibel, NPR, Noisey, MTV, Metal Injection and many more; as well as his music appearing in the breakout video game series ‘Hotline Miami’ the independent horror film hit ‘The Guest’, and in several episodes of the primetime CBS TV drama ‘Limitless’.

For The Uncanny Valley, Kent pushed himself to the outer limits of his self-invented, neon-soaked universe. The album continues in the same story thread as the artist’s previous works, taking place 24 years after the finale of Dangerous Days. Focus shifts from the world of Nocturne City into the future alleys of Tokyo, after the finale of the War Against Machines.

For the storyline, the listener is the central character – in each Perturbator record, every story is your story. The main character is the motorcycle helmet-clad vigilante known as the Night Driving Avenger. His narrative intertwines with a female android/assassin, fighting for liberty and equality in a cynical world that attempts to eradicate all traces of the machines. The duo attempt to dismantle an underground faction who spreads their message of hate through a false religion – its recruiting station is the black church that hovers over the city.

The uncanny valley is a phenomenon in robotics engineering whereby a humanoid robot bearing a near-identical [but not perfect] resemblance to a human causes a response of revulsion among the observer. The “valley” refers to a dip in the graph of comfort level as humanoid subjects move toward a healthy, natural human likeness.

Album Art: Ariel Zucker-Brull

Album Art: Ariel Zucker-Brull

The album was written, produced, and arranged by Kent alone over the course of two years in a dark apartment in Paris, lit only by the glowing computer screen.

The album’s graphic novel-like artwork duties were handled by Perturbator’s longtime collaborator – Ariel Zucker-Brull. The front cover artwork features the unnamed android assassin in front of the black church she seeks to destroy.

The Uncanny Valley will be released on vinyl (gatefold 2 x LP with printed inner sleeves and a special edition 3 x LP box set with 16-page graphic novel *more info to come*), CD (6 panel digipack or a 28-page 2-CD hardback graphic novel with silver foil stamped cover.) and digitally. Pre-order will be available early March.

Perturbator is THE name to watch out for inside the darksynth brotherhood.

Listen to She Moves Like a Knife from The Uncanny Valley HERE

Watch preview of The Uncanny Valley Album Trailer HERE

Listen to Dangerous Days Album HERE


The Uncanny Valley 
Blood Music
May 6, 2016
1 – Neo Tokyo 
2 – Weapons for Children
3 – Death Squad
4 – Femme Fatale (feat. Highway Superstar) 
5 – Venger (feat. Greta Link)
6 – Disco Inferno 
8 – Sentient (feat. Hayley Stewart) 
9 – Diabolus Ex Machina
10 – Assault 
11 – The Cult of 2112
12 – Souls at Zero (feat. Astronoid) 
13 – The Uncanny Valley 
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