8/10 Clinton Staff review, 02 November 2012
On vinyl that I can only describe as half red and half pink, this is a messy, scratchy take on New York cool by way of post punk. The usual influences are present, Sonic Youth, Wire, The Slits but there is a slew of less obvious ones; Laurie Anderson, Joan Armatrading, ESG. Yes, you heard, Joan Armatrading.
The music is distinctive jittery noise-funk, overlain by dual female vocals - it reminds me slightly of very early TV on the Radio, with the odd rhythms and scattershot nasal vocals. It isn’t, however, melodic. These are short, sharp, spiky blasts, often accompanied by bursts of noise, spoken word rants.However if you need a bit of sweetener and sugar in your tea and there are great moments when something more tuneful emerges out of the chaos. What I call The Fall theory, blast people with something atonal for five minutes then introduce a bit of melody and it sounds like the best thing in the world. Therefore tracks like ‘Hot Water Burns’ are a tremendous relief but also sound brilliant and point towards a future for the group beyond the screechy skronk. There is a real soul to the vocal delivery too, recalling ESG.
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