Secret Masters is a recent release from clash bowley. These songs were recorded in January 2021 and are part of an experiment to do one album per month. The songs on this album align with the sound he has been forming with his previous albums.
The opener “In the Real World'' contains a lot of his trademark sounds including the swirling guitars, subterranean bass and kinetic sounding drums. I will say that the hand claps were a nice addition and sort of gave the song an upbeat type quality that I don’t always hear from bowley. The phaser effect is very good here and at times makes you feel like you’re traveling down a wormhole.
“Girls Like Bad Boys” is one of the more rock based songs. The power chords sounded great and the lyrics stick to the title of the song. Bowley sings “I am rewarded / When I act like a jerk / I am rewarded / I get all the perks” which made me smirk. The vocal harmonies sound great as well when they are implemented.
“Drowning” and “Bloc Party” were both solid bowley and it’s him doing what he does best. The beats for both these songs were kinetic and high energy. One of the catchiest songs goes to “Teflon Star” which also happens to be psychedelic. I’d say his vocals sound great on the chorus. They sound full and smooth.
As the album progressed I thought there were a couple of highlights. “Queen of the Night” has one of the most wicked beats on the album which is mixed with jazzy clean guitar. The vocals are subdued and a bit melancholy which I thought was a juxtaposition that worked really well. I also have to mention “Big Freeze” because of the almost cartoonish style of vocals where he sounds a bit scary.
This is another solid release from bowley. There seems to be no end in sight and I like that he is staying so active. Recommended.
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