Thursday, April 23, 2015

Cassette Review: Nicky Z "Boat Fetish" (Hem&Lock Tapes)

[$5 // Edition of 25 //]

Having a boat fetish isn't really that weird if you're a pirate or just enjoy the seas.    Unless it's sexual because then that's just plain wrong.   And don't say it's unheard of because from what I hear one of my neighbors is a RSO and it has something to do with his riding lawn mower.   Yeah, do what you will with that one.

"Boat Fetish" begins with guitar slides and then has these sort of vocals and guitars which I think may have some audio clips mixed in as well but I'm not entirely certain.   There is a guitar part next that just plays on in a clean way and it reminds me of something out of a song by Blur.    There are racecar electronic whirrs and I can't help but think of "Pole Position".   A light saber hum brings on the screaming and then we find ourselves with some R2D2 sounds.

There is a sharp drone and then it turns into an acoustic guitar and singing.   There are beats behind the next song and in that way it has a hip hop feel to it, though it may not be strictly hip hop at all.   There is a loop of classic rock based guitars and when the vocals come out with it they remind me of Blind Melon.    Scraping noises take us to the end of Side A.

Side B starts with loops of something that bring out the static booms of doom.   There are tones Alfred Hitchcock might have used and then quieter percussion with a hum.   The singing comes through altered somehow and there is a guitar loop backing it up.    Static booms of doom return and then there is a screeching.   It becomes harsh.   Borderline glitch.

Words are spoken over a windtunnel.    We then return to the more traditional singing over guitars we heard once on Side A but this time it ends with these organ pipes.   The titular track comes on next, or at least I assume it is because he sings about his boat fetish, and it's somewhere between that dark, goth pop with the synth beats and in a lot of ways it just reminds me of Illegal Wiretaps.    The whole thing somehow comes to an end with a melody that a child's music box might create.

For the sake of full disclosure, I actually reviewed the Lewis Super "Noah EP" prior to this one and it was interesting because of the way it was split in half with two different sounds.    Well, Nicky Z does have two different sounds to him as well, though they would be more closely related to the rock and then the noise, but he doesn't really divide them by the halves but rather just splices them together.

I speculated that there might be some damage done to the flow to have two different genres intertwined in such a way, but even with a few seconds of silence Nicky Z manages to make it look easy.    "Boat Fetish" is a cassette that will leave you wanting more because from what I perceive to be track by track, you just never really know what's coming next and sometimes that mystery, that anticipation can be the best feeling of all.

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