Bambara

Dog Ear Days

by David Maine

9 November 2010

 

Six is enough

cover art

Bambara

Dog Ear Days

(Emerald Weapon)
US: 20 Feb 2010
UK: 20 Feb 2010

Bambara’s six-song EP Dog Ear Days alternates wildly between bursts of hyper-distorted noise-rock and ultra-mellow somnambulism, with a bit of art-school sound collage thrown in for good measure. The release opens with “Repeat After Me”, a coruscating burst of crackling distortion and thundering percussion masking more than it reveals, its vocals barely audible in the mix. Strangely enough, the punchy little tune has its own charms. “Stay Gray” tries to repeat the formula, with less success but just as much sonic frenzy, while “Drag Hesitation” is slow and quiet and not very interesting (although the vocals are slightly more audible). “Feed the Pigs” tries to work both extremes into a single song. Album closer “Chiromancy” ups the noise ante even further but just ends up being unbearable. Is it really worth listening to something when you have to try so hard to enjoy it?

Dog Ear Days

Rating:

Topics: bambara
 

We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times.

//comments
//Mixed media
//Blogs

Counterbalance: Elvis Costello's 'Imperial Bedroom'

// Sound Affects

"History repeats the old conceits, the glib replies, the same defeats. Keep your finger on important issues, and keep listening to the 275th most acclaimed album of all time. A 1982 masterpiece is this week's Counterbalance.

READ the article