Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Exploring negative space with Scab Queen's 'Bodies'

Posted By on Tue, Aug 6, 2013 at 2:35 PM

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Scab Queen thrives off of the intersect of the beautiful and the grotesque when it comes to aural experimentation. The Athens, GA-based solo project, which has quietly released four EPs of confounding, minimal noise music this year, just dropped the briefly mystifying Bodies EP, Scab Queen's boldest and most high-minded outing yet. The five song suite opens with the titular track, a piece that sets the stage for the impressionistic sketches of sound that lie ahead. Ephemeral voices and guitar notes echo through space with the directionless vibe of a soundcheck. "Bird (A)" and "Bird (B)" continue the hazy trail, offering heady drones augmented with slightly industrial, almost psychedelic electronic flourishes. Closing pieces "Wind Torn (A)" and "Wind Torn (B)" host the most focused moments of the EP. The unpracticed vocal harmonies of "Wind Torn (A)" resemble the Dirty Projectors or early Animal Collective at their most unencumbered, venturing toward any impulse that arises. It's a surprisingly bright EP from an elusively perverse project. Stream Bodies below:

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