The new four-song EP Becoming a Body by Endless Digital Birthdays is one of the most orginal sounding releases in recent memory. Throughout the EP the band goes in different directions and seamlessly blends multiple genres that create a signature sound.
They start off with “V10” which immediately sounds like a tear through the space time continuum. In the first minute they blast off and land and I’m not sure if this was rock, experimental or what. After the one-minute mark there are transitions which are unexpected, inventive and technically apt. The vocals are sparse and come in at certain points. There really aren’t any hooks in a traditional sense but who needs them when you get music that sounds this original.
Next up is “Despot Rock (gmrgrlmst)” and it is the mix of electronic and the almost Talking Heads type quality but more contemporary sounding. The vocals are prominent in this song and there are multiple affectations that are used in a good way. There are also points where the band rocks out hard.
“One Face at a Time” starts off darker in mood and color than anything else. There’s a bit of a Joy Division vibe perhaps mixed with the band Daughters. I’m not a huge fan of spoken word but this was fantastic. The lyrics are absurd like David Lynch or perhaps Scott Walker. As the song progressed it went in unique ways including this serene piano section and an explosive, dissonant outro that keeps going and going as if the music has no borders.
Last up is “Luigionair” and at first this is like the most familiar sounding song with an electro club vibe but that quickly changes. The song gets dark and feels haunting but then leads you down a wormhole as this ever changing organism battles with its own consciousness.
Once or twice a year I will hear a release that will push boundaries of what is possible in the studio. This is one of those releases. Highly recommended.
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