Here’s an electric guitar. Now it’s a swan arching its neck! Now it’s a chainsaw. Now it’s a giant, stick-legged alien picking its way over a wasted city! Now it’s a handful of bioluminescent plankton. But also, it’s still an electric guitar. That’s the mastery of invocation which Tropical F-ck Storm wield on A Laughing Death In Meatspace.
Gareth Liddiard, Fiona Kitschin, Erica Dunn and Lauren Hammel don’t seem to see the usual parameters of their instruments, nor do they look at song structure as a series of boxes to be ticked. Every instrument makes a sound – communicates a thing – and you can put those things together however you want; that approach usually results in something too batsh-t busy to work (or which relies on kooky samples or artificially warping the human voice to extremes), but A Laughing Death In Meatspace doesn’t just hurl rainbow pâté against the wall hoping something will stick.
They’re using kitchen cupboard ingredients to make purposeful magic you didn’t know could exist, with Liddiard’s allusive lyrics as weirdly mnemonic as ever. Fearsome and dynamic, quietly agonising, spine-strokingly cool stuff.
A Laughing Death In Meatspace is out May 4 via Mistletone.
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