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Parlor Walls – Opposites


This week’s record is a doozy. First glances at the genre tags on bandcamp and I was promised a lot. Ambient, No Wave, Trash Jazz. I wasn’t sure what to make of these assignments – seemed to seemed too good to be true and potentially scattered.

Upon listening, I will say that Opposites is hard to define and even more difficult to think about because it is so full sounds and so emotionally grating. The guitars are very vicious here. Anti-technical approaches to singing. Blaring, honking saxophones and futuristic, grinding electronics all wrapped in a record that is, to me, decisively rooted in No Wave traditions. This kind of a combination is deadly even on paper and the result through a speaker is even more threatening and vital – Opposites is an extremely fresh and adventurous sound.

Lee Ranaldo said that “punk is like theater”, that it’s something that has an image as well as a content and I think that rings true here. It’s kind of like this, sometimes you just want to be bad. Opposites let’s you do that. You can be the street walker with the leather and studs and the sour look on your mouth. Opposites must be about this. It must be about the dangerous side of things – the opposite, exciting potentials. So get comfortable and listen below.

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