If you like out of body experiences, or at least music that sounds like one, then a good first stop is Spaceface’s self-titled EP Spaceface. It contains five songs laden with more genre influences than you can shake a stick at – all of which play well together to create a really cool sound.
“Cosmic Trigger” definitely starts off pretty trippy, with a rolling rock beat keeping the fast pace. Even the vocals are otherworldly, tunneling and echoing, moving with the groove of the song rather than setting a precise lyrical track. The addition of certain little sounds and effects here and there propel the song to maximum “duuuuuuude” status.
“Taking It Off” is an industrial beach rock song – which is just as interesting and awesome as it sounds. The steely mechanic sounds brought a grating intensity to the song, while the beach vibes kept it grounded; I thought this was an especially creative effort and I won’t be surprised if “industrial beach rock” becomes a thing in the next few years.
I thought I could pinpoint the genre influences clearly in “Madness,” but they changed so subtly and quickly that I couldn’t keep up. Suffice to say, there’s some funk and a little disco, some seasoning from the 70’s, and two side dishes of pop and R&B, which they somehow managed to interchange from one bar to the next as though it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. The song says, “there’s a madness in your mind,” and by the time it was over I was definitely convinced of that…in a good way.
The drums in “Crazy Man” were the strongest part of that song (I want to say of the album, but there’s a lot of good stuff in this album). If you’ve ever played Tekken and seen Gun Jack’s intro and how his arms lock and load, you’ll see the striking resemblance. “Chemical Sea” has a relaxed groove with more pop-like vocals. I hear some soul in there too – and the drummer sounds like he is going crazy back there. The fact that I can’t tell whether it was a human or machine should be a good indication as to how awesome they are. I really liked the melody in this song as well.
I enjoyed the experience of sitting back and allowing this album to surround and carry me. This is very much the stuff good psychedelic music is made of; the fact that so many other musical sounds and techniques were incorporated was a bonus. Spaceface have really discovered a winning formula with this EP and have the fundamentals that are sure to bode them well over time.
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