Clash Bowley's sixth album entitled Sextillius is arguably his best. Suffice it to say if you were a fan of his previous releases you will welcome this release with open arms. I found that there was a lot of ear candy on this album. My personal suggestion is to listen with a nice pair of headphones because there are a lot of layers to the music.
One of my favorite songs was the opener entitled “I Choose the Sun” which combines distorted, reverb-laced echo guitar with electronic percussion and an overall haunting vibe. It reminded me of the vibe I was hearing on the release Blackstar by David Bowie mixed with elements of Primal Scream.
One of the coolest sounding beats was “I Can’t Even” which had a bit of early electronic vibe not too far away from a band like Kraftwerk. I liked the spoken word which was a little ominous but fit the song.
Another standout was “It was the Way'' which is both melodic and chaotic. It took me a couple of spins for my brain to understand what was happening but once it clicked I was on board. As the album progresses I felt there were a couple of other songs that stood out such as “The Sphynx,” “Some Day,” “Don’t Ride That Wave” and the closer “Turn On by the Tubes.”
Bowley has a signature sound and I could hear it across the three albums I have heard from him. I think because I was already familiar with his sound it was easier for me to digest. Suffice it to say I think his music grows on you the more you listen. That was at least the case with me. Recommended.
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