Mukaizake - Unknown Knowns

by PopMatters Staff

15 December 2009

 

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Mukaizake
Unknown Knowns
(Hidden Shoal Recordings)
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The cliché ‘all killer, no filler’ is often bandied around with very little to back it up. In the case of Mukaizake’s stunning new release Unknown Knowns, the cliché applies. Unknown Knowns kicks off with the fuzzy propulsion of single ‘The Yeah Conditioner’, immediately launching the listener into Mukaizake’s compelling corner of the musical universe. This is serpentine indie-rock at its finest, weaving hook after hook around your chest until you’re suspended from the clouds, a grin plastered across your face, unable to even think about listening to anything else.

“Part math-rock, part jangly dream-pop, the six songs are a beguiling dive into the oceanic sounds of 90’s indie rock. Vocalists Geoff Symons and Erickson can both actually sing with clarity, lending the songs a sort of choirboy purity, even when singing about slashing tyres… The outcome is a pristine and intelligent composite of sounds old and new… It’s a heady combination.”Rave Magazine.

1. The Yeah Conditioner (Single)
2. Rule Norse
3. Corporal Steam
4. Frisbee
5. My Friend Flicker
6. Slack Bees

The Yeah Conditioner [MP3]
     

 

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