November 15, 2009

Shellac - 1000 Hurts

Yeah, so I'm gonna follow up the Big Black post with another awesome Steve MOTHERFUCKING Albini-album. I mean this man is a fucking legend in music production and recording engineering and that really shows in this album. Because the production is flawless. All instruments are crystal clear and perfectly placed within the mix. So, enough about the audio production, now onto the actual music. Shellac (which is his current band) is similar to Big Black, but in my opinion has a more refined sound, so to speak. It's sounds like your typical No Wave noise rock/post-punk, but at the same time it's very different with it's distinct sound. Atonal, choppy chords, non-technical but not too simple drums, minimalistic guitar arrangements, heavy, repetitive rhythms, strange time signatures and often quite prominent bass (think Sonic Youth meets Melvins). Steve does vocals and lyrics, and the lyrics has that wonderful sarcastic touch to them that Steve's lyrics always has. Ok, so this album may be hard to get into, but once you do, you'll love it. Trust me.

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