Gridlink make their mark with their third and final album. Cleaning and lightening up the sound from their previous two releases, Longhena is a caustic, impeccably produced swan song that is probably the only grindcore album I know that could be called tender. Amidst the noise and furious rhythms, there's an unmistakable air of longing and romance that is almost touching.
Of course, that is not to say this album is not pumeling and chaotic--it certainly is. Gridlink actually don't stray too ... read more
So this is an interesting album. I just stumbled upon this band recently while attempting to broaden my repertoire of grindcore releases, and am pretty satisfied with their (very) singular take on the genre.
I'll say from the onset that these guys are abrasive, and uniquely so. The thing that is most likely to turn you off is the vocalist, who performs in a yelpy, boyish shout that sounds much different from the demonic shrieks and growls normally heard in this style. He sounds like he'd ... read more
I quite enjoy this album, and think it's been a bit neglected since it came out. It's like one of those rare, perfect dreams that you can never quite remember upon waking aside from a few fuzzy details and how it made you feel. In fact, this is the only album I know in which the (slight) forgettability of its details is an asset--the album only has its effect when it's playing, then slowly fades from your consciousness.
But yeah, the atmosphere is really dense and otherworldly, but also warm ... read more
I'm a fan. Foxygen has been pretty hit or miss for me in the past, but I think they really come through here with a ridiculously creative set of songs that are significantly enhanced by the lush, over-the-top production style. So many of these songs are just bursting with ideas, restlessly hopping between rhythms and even genres yet somehow still making total sense.
The lyrics, though shallow on the surface, reveal a hidden depth in their subtle critiques of America's current gilded age. While ... read more
This album sounds like literally nothing else I have ever heard. Using samples before sampling was much of a thing, it's a mix of random, creepy found sound and dialogue snippits with jittery new wave and world-influenced instrumentals underneath.
It's possibly my favorite album either of these guys has ever been associated with. The atmosphere it creates is simultaneously primal and futuristic, alien and familiar, slightly disturbing yet undeniably fun. It's a truly unique release that was ... read more