Tilted Axes Album Review
Unfortunately society tends to poke fun at things that are experimental. We keep the creativity of Sonic Youth underground, and put Kanye West on a pedestal. We shove King Crimson in the corners of our couch cushions and laud Lady Gaga for wearing meat…. Which is still pretty sweet though…. But King Crimson is soooo fucking good…..
The Aphex Twin makes me all gooey inside, actually anything on Warp Records will turn me into fondue…
But that’s not the point… The true artists that provide the soundtrack to the sewers need a better platform to push back, the Internet sometimes works, but people still need a connection. In our new era of fear artists are the ones that will provide the perspective, whether you truly like the art or not, the idea is the thing that should resonate… and we should strive to at least have a conversation about the idea.
So… In walks Tilted Axes with Music For Mobile Electric Guitars, and it’s good, maybe harder to listen to than say…a Todd Rundgren record, or a Billy Joel pop classic, but they bring their perspective, and I can appreciate it. The band sounds like Adrian Belew’s little brother found some PCP and his older brother’s guitar and decided to record an album. It is at once unnerving, a little hectic, and good for background music during a discussion involving Chinese / US relations…
or… why you ran to the store just before dinner…. Cause you needed cheese of course… there aren’t many meals that aren’t made better with cheese.
I’m not saying there weren’t faults with the record, my biggest take away is that the 17 song record is just entirely too long and the songs tend to run together. But Patrick Grant’s musical training is well heard as the jazz mixes with the rock, mixes with the off-tempo, mixes with the undeniable 80s guitar, culminating in something that is in dire need of a conversation. And I love it!!
Check out the swirling guitars of “Shapes 1”, the attack of head shaking on “Techno Tilt”, the circa 1983 computer sounds on”Kneadle Variation”, and after that, you should have about 6 or 7 drinks in you so the last 10 songs become one long guitar driven record to play MarioKart to. If you’re not drinking, continue discussing “Thoughts on the Future of British Politics after the Brexit”, but more importantly listen to the damn record, it’s quite good.