Cause & Cure
Cause + Cure, released in 2004, was Skandalon's first full-length project and a collaboration between founder Jeff Timpanaro and musician/producer Mark Townsend. With notable influences of industrial stalwarts Delerium and Skinny Puppy, Cause + Cure journeys through three distinct movements (all sans vocals). Tracks 1-5 feature exemplary industrial beats & grooves, while tracks 6-9 tour a more ambient structure. Blips, atmospheres, and fuzzy synth leads take you into the cavernous haze that is track 10 (Man Of Sorrows), an eleven minute hypnotic experience of desperation, beauty, and hope. Cause + Cure is not your father's electronica. Most appropriately labeled as the "best practices" of the industrial/electronic music of the late 80s and early 90s, this work is presented in a post-modern context using current technology. JT's influences from this period are found throughout Cause + Cure. Townsend's contributions are also unmistakable not only in the programming, but in the eye-popping production and aural dynamic of the project. Note the killer wave manipulation in 'Flakc' and 'No One', the driving bass lines in 'Levitationation' and 'Help You Hurt Somebody', and the melodies and solos of 'Xoire".