Thursday, July 7, 2016
nothing,nowhere : "Who are You?"
This is some weird emo-rap. Yes, you read that right. I have always been a sucker for those Punk Goes Pop compilations, so this falls along those lines, but with less of the Myspace attitude and something more honest to it. Not much to tell about these guys as they give away their albums on Bandcamp and leave little clue as to who they are. This is the right kind of anonymity as it keeps them from being to ego pop focused and lets the music do the talking. The self deprecating side of the lyrics is one of the things that really helps to sell me on this. "Gutter" is more along the lines of Atmosphere, with the rap side of what this project does at the fore front. While the white boy rapping is better than most who attempt this, when they try to go a little harder lyrically it loses the honesty factor that they have going for them, still it's not too bad for what it is . The guitar to "Everything" has a dreamy quality to it that reminds me of earlier Modest Mouse. The vocals have more of an auto tuned pop feel. The lo-fi production is what separates this from Justin Bieber along with the fact there might be a guest producer on this Oilcolor, but not a whole team of producers and I never get the feeling these kids are trying to be something they are not.
There is a interlude that features samples from various movies before going into the last song "Fair Trade" that hovers over a guitar riff that reminds me of Metallica's "One". I'll round this one up to a 9, the bordering on more tough guy rap that crops up is a little too b-boy for me and they need to drop the 'tude and just do what they do best as there are some pretty awesome song on here if you like more chill melodic hip-hop inflected emotion. Not what I normally listen to, but it does appease a certain side of me.