Album Review

Body, The & OAA – “Enemy of Love” – [Thrill Jockey Records]

whngr   7/6/2022   A Library, CD

Transient two-piece crushes detuned sludge with un(der) mic’d screeches and visceral hollering over industrial noise. 

Like a cursed beast eternally fleeing its own shadow, The Body (Portland, OR) maintains a tour schedule that has perhaps few rivals and appears to be modeled after an escaped criminal on the run while the law incessantly nips at their heels. This unhinged behavior looks like a malady, a curse, or an incurable disease; embracing the serpentine and convoluted life of the road while completing an astounding amount of releases and collaborations with myriad projects such as, Lingua Ignota, Big Brave, Uniform, and most recently OAA.

OAA is producer and musician AJ Wilson currently residing in L.A. whose Industrial electronics can veer into the harsh and perverse part of the red and is an excellent accompaniment to Lee Buford’s low-end drum bombardment and Chip King’s grinding guitar and scathing, hollow shrieks. Dylan Walker (Full of Hell) lends his inhuman, tortured vocals on perhaps my favorite track (7) “Barren of Joy”.

If you missed the beginning of The Body’s tour in Oakland on the fifth of May, you can rest assured that they will shoot through the Bay Area soon enough as they continue to evade capture and the atonement for their crimes against aural decency.

Everywhere – 2022

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