Album Review

Shed – “Killer, The” – [50 Weapons]

Thurston Hunger   8/27/2014   A Library, CD

2012 release on 50 Weapons from Rene Pawlowitz. You
remember that time you were kidnapped and thrown into
the back of that van, but then the guy got a call from
his aunt and he had to go over and find her lost dog?
This is the album that was thumping its way from the
front cabin through the cold corrugated floor into
your head. The song titles seem to remind you, and
then some of the hyper-repeated slogged down vocals
like “OK….Speaking” on “Silent Witness” and then
the “Thoughts Running Through My Head, Some Are Good
Some Are Not” on “Day After” might be the voice of
Rene or maybe Buffalo Bill in the driver seat. Those
sliced vocals bugged me, but I like the breathless
femme clip in “Ride On” okay. The album seems to
struggle between Thudsville (toneless, deep throbbing
digi-drums) and then this cleaner skyline cathedral
synths that pushed my ears back to maybe Pentatonik.
The best of the menacing numbers for me was “I Come
By Night” but the intro beckons between bass bomb
and static fritz. “Viomf/The Filler” echoes “Moments
in Love” (couldn’t deprogram it for me) and then
“Follow the Leader” is for the ladies with a silky
smooth sine wave that flows serenely through the day,
just like the one that got away??

-Thurston Hunger

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