Junkwire is an artist from Australia who recently released KEEN DREAD. It’s an instrumental electronic EP where each track has a fairly distinct feel to it. The music is often dark, cinematic and feels like it might sound best in a club with some you people you might call eccentric types.
He opens with with “DEAD KEEN.” The initial wave of atmosphere reminded me of Burial. It’s dark maybe menacing. It also had a neo-futuristic feel to it. A deep kick plunges through layers of synths. The song begins to tear open and I couldn’t help but think of Aphex Twin around the two-minute-mark because of the off-kilter beat.
Up next is “Loosely Futured” which is the most serene song out of the batch. Police sirens fluctuate as a simple yet effective melody is played on an electric piano. As the song progresses some energy is added to the song through distorted sine waves. Overall, the song doesn’t depart too far from where it started.
“2 minutes in the rain” is covered in dark energy and has hints of electronic artist Amon Tobin. I actually thought this track could have benefited from a longer run time.
I thought the second half of the EP was arguably stronger than the first. “HONEYMOON SLEAZE” isn’t quite as dark as the other tracks. The underrated electronic artist Chris Clark came to mind. The melodies were ear candy and the song is one that will make you move your limbs. I really enjoyed the vibrant energy on this track.
“DOESN'T GIVE BACK COINS” is more subdued but the highlight to my ears was the closer “bitchfest@whoever’s.” I really enjoyed the overall flow to this song. The drums really drive the energy. There are layers of sound here that build and build. I would suggest spending time with all these tracks but this one is repeat worthy.
Junkwire isn’t reinventing the wheel in this genre but it’s a welcome addition. I’m looking forward to his future work.
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