Strippers in Love is a band comprised of Daniel Jaime-Dwyer (guitar/vocals/effects), Jeroni Puigros Brunet (bass) and Oriol Santamaría Jareño (drums). The band recently released I Am What I'm Becoming.
The album points to a band that knows what you need to do in an age with so much music is to stick out. One of the essential things throughout this album they do is meld different genres into one song. This is usually a good thing if a band can pull it off and they do. What they don’t do is play a different genre on every song. This is usually a disaster and just confuses the audience. Strippers in Love in doing so is creating some original sounding music in 2016.
That being said the band does have a foundation. The most obvious is rock but beyond that you hear a lot of sludge, prog rock and drone metal. Sometimes I was reminded of Sunn O))) and other times of Black Sabbath.
As I got to the third track I still wasn't sure what to expect. The band isn’t predictable and around every corner was a new surprise that I was enjoying. I have to say the real impressive part about this was that nothing felt silly or out of place.
Let's examine one of their songs entitled “Tomahawk” to look at the unexpected ways it can unfold. It starts with distant vocals which feel as if they are being sung by an indigenous person in the Amazon rain forest. The band gracefully transitions into one of the more sludge hard rock parts. Not even three minutes in and I’m listening to an ambient, atmospheric section and then my ears are getting demolished by an intense wave of white noise, bass and drums.
Every song on the album is like this. The songs are long, dense, sprawling and unpredictable. I would have to write a small pamphlet to examine all of the nuances, transitions and dynamics of this album. This is an album that you need some patience for but is rewarding in the end. There is a lot to discover and I’m pretty sure you will be happy you took the dive. Highly Recommended.
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