This is a lot. Rangers are playing with about five different types of guitar fire on 'Reconsider Lounge', which is actually kind of an inadvertently excellent title for this record: it offers an alternative universe where dreadfully distorted psych rock and fuming garage rock could serve as elevator music and smooth waiting room jazz. It's filthy and deranged but kind of sweet and lovely. The fuzz doctor will see you now.
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7/10 Robin Staff review, 27 November 2014
Stay-at-home experimentalist Joe Knight is the kind of guy who thinks his old junior chemistry set can make scientific breakthroughs. Fucking about with a variety of gritty guitars, overt krautrock electronics, floor-sweeping jazz and hastily recorded percussion, he makes ‘Reconsider Lounge’ a sort of crazy test work, something that succeeds after an onslaught of trial and error. Perhaps most tellingly, none of the songs on his new record end properly, their lifespans cut tragically short -- their cadences merely replaced with the start of the next song. There’s no point sticking out a failed experiment, after all. On to the next idea.
‘Reconsider Lounge’ is largely an instrumental work, offering up snippets of compositions as if they were being readied for commercial licensing: the title is telling, because despite the psychedelic bent and disorientating genre switch-ups, Knight has made a record that’s produced to sound somewhat easy listening -- it’s softened, respectful to the room it’s being heard in. It’s not quite elevator muzak, but it could be in an alternative universe -- probably one where we all wore outlandish hats all the time. Among songs that sound like straightened out versions of fucked up music made by Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, there are instrumental throughlines that have been dulled for our enjoyment, smoothed out by bass and soft acoustic percussion as a means of restraint.
As far as abstract guitar noise and meandering instrumental jams go, ‘Reconsider Lounge’ offers the chillest time, the least violent surprises and the best soundtrack for your exhausted blues. It’s not a work of great significance or intense confrontation, but I’m thankful for this strange source of comfort. It’s certainly the best piece of nonsense I could choose to listen to at half nine in the morning.
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