Prolific hardcore punk band Fucked Up have released over 80 recordings and collaborations on various labels including Arts & Crafts, Matador and Jade Tree since they formed in 2011. The latest installment in their series of Zodiac themed releases ‘Year Of The Hare’ is a 21 minute composition of frantic soundscapes created using pianos, synths, flutes, sax and some experimental editing.
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10/10 gbar Customer review, 6th April 2017
Out of all the Zodiac releases Fucked Up have released so far, this one is my clear favourite. The theme for Year of the Hare is about getting lost in time, and you WILL get lost in the 21-minute track. It takes a while to kick in fully, and it give you the impression that the track is designed to play with you rather than play to you. It is ultimately a perfect blend of hardcore punk, shoegaze and post rock in one package. The b-side 'California Cold' contains a stronger focus on experimentation than its predecessor. Containing synths that almost reminds you of Kraftwerk, it almost feels like a mixture of Krautrock and electric, and has a druggy, prog-rock feel to it. This song is ultimately free flowing, but remains interesting throughout its eight minutes. The overall sprawl, scope and raucousness on this EP has clearly cemented Fucked Up as mad geniuses in a way.
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