To be fair, Corum hits the drums just as hard as Robbins used to - maybe even a little harder sometimes. But changing the dynamic of a trio by one member is a pretty big refit. Corum's drumming style isn't quite as angular as what Robbins brought to the fold. As a result, Executive Contours, reestablishes the Purkinje Shifts' place as Atlanta's quintessential math rock innovators, but with a turn toward a more groove-driven sound. New songs such as "Shake Hands With Danger," "Easy Mark, Sucker," and "Florida Water" seem hell-bent on shedding any and all clinical connotations that come along with being pegged a math rock group, instead, striving for a more organic feel. The guitar sounds are dirty, abrasive, and tethered to each other by unseen melodic attractors. But most of all, Corum's drums foster a spacious sound that allows the group to breathe, all the while stepping outside the expectations that Flom and Davis established for themselves a lifetime ago via Nickel Waves and Carbon Stars (1998), Five For The Road and One For The Ditch (1999), et al.
Executive Contours is vital, and to a degree even transcends Flom and Davis' collaborative efforts over the years in such interim groups as Moreland Audio and Home of he Wildcats - the latter of which also featured Corum on drums. This configuration is not new, but the context is different - it's still muscular, although not as strict in its design as one could expect, and that's a good thing. All three of these guys have grown as musicians, and as human beings, and that's reflected in this new excursion.
The Purkinje Shift, Skin Jobs, and Moonbase play 529 on Friday, December 7. $5. 9 p.m. 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769.
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