Killjoy Spider is the recording project for fourteen-year-old Simon Buxton. That's the same age I picked up a guitar and started playing which was about twenty years ago. Back then digital recording didn’t exist, you had to use tape and the results were often disappointing even for those few of us who knew what they were doing. Times have changed and now the youth of today can record all the tracks you need on a standard computer.
While the results are nowhere close to what you expect from a professional studio Buxton still is able to lay down his ideas, which sound about demo-quality. His release Crystal City is an amalgamation of very different ideas, which display some diversity. That being said as Buxton matures and evolves as a musician he will certainly have to narrow down a style because the album is scattered.
Crystal City is a completely instrumental album that starts with “Broken Sunset.” It is more or less an intro. It revolves a basic guitar-picking pattern and an ominous synth eventually comes into the mix. The song has the potential to go a million different places but doesn’t.
Next up is “Spike!” which really has little connection to the first track. Buxton aggressively strums on power chords with a drum beat. An ornamental synth shows up but doesn’t last long. This song was begging for vocals.
“Anti-Depressants” is a highlight. Buxton successfully marries some electronic and organic elements here. I would say the same for “Into the Fishtank” which is another track that has some potential. As the album progresses he has some more success with songs like “80HD” and the almost ten minute closer “Labour Day.”
Buxton may not realize it now but if he continues to play and create music he will look back at Crystal City as his humble beginnings. I look at the music I made when I was 17 compared to 27 and there is a world of difference. Buxton and has some decent ideas and talent all of which should come together in due time as he goes down this path.
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