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8/10 Mike Staff review, 31 May 2012
I’m going in cold on this one because I’ve never so much as heard these guyses name before, but this is a totally cool record. It starts out with some stomping murky psych rock before the opening track mysteriously morphs into something more epic and almost post-rocky. Then on the second song there’s a bit of a Depeche Mode-meets-Faith No More thing happening and I’m really starting to get a bit confused.
Then there’s some heady psychedelic synthpop business with a slow epic chorus...it’s hard to listen to the tones on this record without throwing the word “epic” around a lot because there’s slow, round bass and gliding, stately synths all over the place, and the singer’s got a right old croon on him, but there’s still elements of gnarly repetition and an overall muddy feel to temper the potential cheesiness that situation suggests. The closer on this side sounds like a well-studied pastiche of the Birthday Party, but with the epic gliding synths still in tow.
Flip it and the Nick Cave impression continues over some pounding psych with impressively filthy bass and a galloping 13 (I think?) groove that’s a bit disorienting, and then it slips into some more nebulous Fantomas-esque weirdness. I’m starting to think that the constant genre-shifting is keeping them from fully developing the ideas and becoming any more than proficient at the styles they’re producing, even if there is a relatively consistent seam of murk running through it all. And then the next song starts off with a piano?!?! Screw this review. This record’s really flamboyantly weird. All the songs sound totally different. I’m not sure if I like it or not so the idea of giving it marks out of five is stupid and somewhat arbitrary. Four Alan Vegas out of five.
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