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Like a smorgasboard of sound, Malachai don’t particularly stick to a particular style thus destroying yesterdays office discussion that you could judge a record by the first track only.
If you judged this one by opener ‘Sweet Flower’ you’d have it down as a kind of gritty, sink-dwelling Queens of the Stone Age powered along by crunching riffs and wild drumming. Yet they follow it with ‘Don’t Try this at Home’, an oddball Tom Waits/Edgar Jones style circus romp. Their first record was released on Geoff Barrow’s Invada imprint and the first signs here that they would fit into Portishead/B.E.A.K mans world view is on ‘Dragon’s Ball’ which is a pulsating slice of 70’s kraut with hints of Can in the grooves and Hawkwind in the delivery.
The record has an interesting metallic production style with everything crunched to the max, yet they allow time for some slower moving things. ‘Here It Comes’ sounds remarkably like James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers singing a peculiar sea-shanty ballad. If that sounds just a little prosaic for you, get hold of ‘I Deserve To’ which has an ethnic type percussion pattern with some serious Bollywood sound effects. Its like the kind of thing you imagine Joe Strummer may have done if he’d veered left from the Mescaleros..
A grab bag of sounds that won’t appeal to everyone, but those who get it will love it.
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