Had the stars aligned a certain way, and Scott Walker had started off his musical career in 2015 Brooklyn rather than mid-‘60s United Kingdom, he could well have made the music of JOBS. Somewhere underneath “Patient Angel”, a track off of JOBS’ forthcoming killer BOB sings LP, there’s a simple pop song. Yet it’s buried beneath layers of latticework noise and bursts of dissonant asides, to the point that the song’s center, its core, becomes obfuscated by the band’s experimental leaps. This, of course, is the delight of “Patient Angel”: it takes you for a ride. Just when you’ve set your expectations for it, this Brooklyn trio will take a tangent that will challenge what you know about music. Like the aforementioned Walker, the music of JOBS always has its toes dipped in recognizable song structures and tropes, but it never jumps all the way in.
“Patient Angel” now has a music video to match its mercurial structure, with psychedelic and eye-searing flashes of brilliant color tracking and enhancing the shifts in the tune itself.
The band tells PopMatters, “The future is chock full of surprises. Billions rifling through information, solving problems and uncovering new ones at an accelerating pace. ‘Patient Angel’ is forged out of re-purposed data from the mind and video archive of our close friend and ally TC Inzana, aka Yuri2186, aka Television Smith. From a wide array of events captured on phones, GoPros, and surveillance cameras, a new story about the relationship between raw data and one’s lifeblood emerges.”
killer BOB sings is out on 30 June via New Amsterdam.
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