I, Robot: I, Robot (Goldtooth)
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The Day of Man As Man: Untitled 7" (Ricecontrol)
What you're getting here is only two songs, but each one is about 6 minutes long and blitzes through more changes than a lot of math-rock acts can manage in that time. The sound is at once textbook emocore, but seems too heavily indebted to the Louisville math rock scene - Rodan in particular - to place right next to the likes of Indian Summer. There are two vocalists who both cover the same ground, both in that reedy Picciotto range, but who complement each other well even when their lines seem to cross at the wrong point. The bass is the star instrument on both cuts - always a plus in my book - with a warm, full tone that doesn't get in the way of it going into moderate insanity, and when the guitar comes to the fore, like in the final section of the B side, it makes just as much of an impression. It's one of those releases that just does everything so well that it makes up for the overriding faults - the too flat production would have killed a lesser release - and leaves a hugely positive impression at the end of the day.
It's also worth noting that Cex aka Rjyan Kidwell, is the bassist here. The fact that this almost makes me want to give Cex another shot after being bored/annoyed by his material in the past says a lot for its quality. [8.7/10]
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