Wednesday, August 8, 2018

King Dude : "Music to Make War to"

To say this album is darker might be an exaggeration, but it does come from a place more like the shadowy paths the likes of Nick Cave or Micheal Gira normally walk down, but how far from there was he to begin with? There is a smoother touch to the croon of the vocals. Piano also plays a more dominate role. "Velvet Rope" feels like a more organic version of Sisters of Mercy. The song is driven by a more post-punk beat. "Good & Bad" is a un-intrusive duet with Josephine Olivia. There is more of a rock feel to "I Don't Write Love Songs Anymore". The rough edges of this one are coated with a more atmospheric noise feel. The Iggy Pop like punk of "Dead Before the Chorus" is driven by electric guitars.

"Twin Brother of Jesus" has the chain gang clank of chains for it's percussion. Moderately more soulful, the vocals move at a lower croak. Female vocals join him midway in to aid the ominous atmosphere. The song drones off the same riff, but creepy layers are added as it progresses. Production wise this is one of his most ambitious records yet. "In The Garden" is very different for him as it works off a 90s style electronic beat that reminds me of Depeche Mode.There is a more garage rock swagger to "The Castle" which is a jerking change from the groove of the previous song. "Let it Burn" has a reggae groove to not unlike something the Clash might , do but darker.

The drab introspective piano ballad "God Like Me" would male more sense from Nick Cave. Perhaps he is trying to be Nick Cave, but he lacks the same distinct personality that makes Cave a more convincing story teller and capable of heart felt intimacy in his singing. That said Cowgill might be technically a better singer,  however Cave would sell this song better. I'll round this one up to a 9 as it works more than it doesn't the last song is the only one I hear as a total misfire. It's being released on Van Records on the 24th of August.

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