17 August 2014
Sneaky Creeps - Negative Space
I'm a bit late to the party here, but better late than never. Kansas City post punk band Sneaky Creeps' new record Negative Space is probably their best one to date. I was a big fan of their previous album Bell St. Radio and the EP Thin Man Wigs Out, and the band continues to push even further into new ground with Negative Space. Through the ferocious vocals of guitarist/loop master Andy Erdrich and drummer Max Crutcher plus bassist Isaac Ahloe, Sneaky Creeps make these 11 tracks into a ferocious post punk triumph. The tracks can very from very sparkly and pretty ("Hypnotist Convention") to pretty harsh and brutal ("Splitting Hairs"), but usually it's somewhere in between. And that's fine by me, cause it's a style of music that Sneaky Creeps is exceptionally good at. It feels like a combination of older Modest Mouse and a brutal rock band like Muscle Worship. I recommend you give it a listen if want your mind blown out by some really wild rock music. Enjoy!
07 August 2014
Max Uhlich - Hakiko
Alberta based musician Max Uhlich has released his debut album Hakiko, and I definitely think it's worth writing a review of. The 14 songs on this record are truly some of the strangest singer/songwriter tracks I've heard in quite a while. Most of them are very minimally composed, relying on nothing more than Max's unique voice and lyrics and some keyboard and guitar. Occasionally you'll hear some percussion (drums or drum machine) and some field recordings, but for the most part, Hakiko is very reliant on Max's one of a kind lyrics and voice. Each track has incredibly in-depth and well written lyrics, the amount of effort put into them definitely noticeable. And because of Max's use of very minimal instrumentation, his unique voice and lyrics are at the forefront of this Hakiko. And I'm most definitely ok with that, because they're both excellent features. While I do think the album runs a bit long (14 tracks and just over an hour), I definitely think Max Uhlich's first album is a very solid release that you should check out. Enjoy!
05 August 2014
B L A C K I E... All Caps, With Spaces - IMAGINE YOUR SELF IN A FREE AND NATURAL WORLD
Houston-based experimental rap artist B L A C K I E has been delivering his intense brand of industrious and noisy hip hop crossed with hardcore punk since all the way back in 2005. On his (I believe) 5th LP, B L A C K I E challenges listeners with perhaps some of the most abrasive and brutal music he's ever released. IMAGINE YOURSELF IN A FREE AND NATURAL WORLD is truly B L A C K I E's best work, the full realized potential of a man who's already earned my respect after years of solid releases. Michael Lacour uses IMAGINE YOUR SELF as a full exploration of sonic possibilities, using dense and distorted layers of synthesizers, bass guitar, wall rattling drums, mind numbing clarinet wailing, and of course, his signature abrasive vocals. Lacour just takes full reign of sound and noise on this album, unleashing horrifically strange sonic chaos upon whoever is brave enough to listen. I highly recommend that you listen to and buy this album as soon as possible. I think this is one of those albums you should experience. Enjoy!