Clash Bowley is trying something different. He explains that “I am exploring the genre Venn diagram here, using my own style - effect laden guitar, strong bass lines, electronic polyrhythms and odd, idiosyncratic vocals” on his recent release Burning Chariot.
He opens with “The World Is Ice” and the main thing I noticed on this song was the resonant frequency filter that keeps going back and forth every measure. In fact it sounded like he had two of them going. The rest of the music is pretty subdued. In fact the vocals are as well.
“Rough and Tumble” is sort of funky in a robotic and metallic way. The drum machines in particular gave me this robotic feeling. I feel this is a good way to describe most of the song.
There are a lot of manipulated synths, electronic percussion and other elements that make it feel like almost everything besides the vocals is being done within a computer. I think some people might think that is a negative but it’s dependent on who you ask. Two of my favorite artists are Aphex Twin and Autechre and most of their songs sound like they was made by robots and is intended for robots.
Although the songs have a similar vibe I did have some favorites. The dark and ominous sounding “Fly Tonight” was a highlight as was “Glory” which contained some of the best vocal work from Bowley. He reminded me of Bowie on this song.
I thought the album ended really strong with the inventive “The World Inside,” the subdued “Are You On Fire?” and the hopeful “When the Heart Is Full.” HIs vocal work sounded great on all three of these songs.
I’ve heard his previous efforts and I can say this might be my favorite. It’s definitely up there. At this rate Bowley is a prolific artist and hopefully isn’t slowing down. Recommended.
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