Even if I don’t fall in love music that makes me think, “I haven’t heard much else like this,” I can at least appreciate that fact that it makes me think that. That was the initial feeling i had when I popped in The Precipice EP from Plastic Inevitable. Marty Procaccio (aka Blankets) and Sneekie San Salvador are the brains behind the music and serve up a concoction of sounds that is at the very least original.
The five songs on The Precipice sound like lo-fi funky abstractions that infuse hip-hop, free jazz and psychedelica. They don’t always come together into a song with a solid foundation but instead almost feel like improvised sessions that take certain elements that flow.
The first song “Falling Off” kicks off with a formidable beat and bass line that is covered in just enough lo-fi gunk to make it sound raw instead of bad. Guitars, vocal samples and other atmospheric elements fall in and out of existence while the bass and drums keep the song from completely falling apart. The vocals fall somewhere between spoken word and hip-hop.
“Come On Through” isn’t as beat-heavy as the first and feels scattered. I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way but a bass line holds down the song while guitars create white noise that transforms and mutates into different sounds. The vocals sometimes have a delay and sometimes they don't and often borrows a similar style to that of the Beastie Boys. I enjoyed the R&B funk on “Hippo La Goon,” which combines a solid bass line with a wah guitar and samples. No rapping on this one.
These guys are on to something. Vocally there could be some improvements and I felt like there was something missing from making these tracks live up to their full potential but these guys aren't afraid to make unique music. Keep truckin’ guys – this could be big.
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