Although it’s been a couple of days since posting any new music, I’ve been listening to quite a bit new and live music rather obsessively (as I always do really) and already starting to develop some 2013 favorites. First on the list this week is the Brooklyn based duo (you knew it was only a matter of time before the borough got back in the game) of Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez known as Buke and Gase. Last year, NPR’s All Songs Considered spotlighted “Fussrate” from their Function Falls EP and instantly I became intrigued. When NPR posted a First Listen of their forthcoming record, General Dome I was eager to find a solid signal to stream without hiccups and boy was I pleased.
Let’s just say sometimes a little distortion, fuzz-laden guitar riffs, and unconventional/non-traditional song structures are the perfect anti-dote to an era of all-too-perfect auto-tuned pop production. But, Buke and Gase’s General Dome is not merely a welcome alternative but a brilliantly creative work of lo-fi guitar and bass forward post-rock record in its own right. From the opening volley on “Houdini Crush” Buke & Gase introduce a pleasing blend of melody and noise accentuated by Arone’s stellar vocal stylings reminiscent of Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) and Andrea Zollo (of the now defunct but genius Pretty Girl Make Graves) (see “My Best Andre Shot”) as well as the quirky brilliance of the Dirty Projectors. Without getting too reference heavy, a lot of this record recalls the great post-rock records of the late 90s such as Fugazi’s Argument and Karate’s The Bed Is In the Ocean as well as the bass-heavy records of Morphine (minus the horn sections). The difference is that General Dome begins with post-rock sparseness as the canvass and then adds layers and layers of almost jazz-like noise-like improvisation combined with Arone’s gorgeous voice or shifts into funky dance grooves like “Metzoa” (which sounds to me like what a latter-day Blondie would record).
I’ll admit I’m obsessed with this record and have a bit of tunnel vision when it comes to its unquestionable quirks and differences from a lot of contemporary music. General Dome shifts from aggressive guitar thrashing to downbeat pensive reveries to almost electro clash punk rock, oftentimes in a single track. Accordingly, this isn’t a record that will appeal to all listeners, especially on first listen. But, for the patient listener and definitely folks who were into lo-fi punk and post punk/rock of the 90s and early 00s this will be a welcome reminder of the music that served as soundtrack to late adolescence and early adulthood.
back with more on the morrow,
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