Temple of the Squid, Super Squid’s full length album, was released in late August of 2018. A diverse, awe-inspiring and sometimes confusing album that blends genres, playing styles, lyrical themes and energy, Temple of the Squid is one truly unique world for listeners to explore.
“Confession” is the sixth track on Temple of the Squid. It opens with a smooth synth and organ line played over choppy drums and spoken lyrics. As the organ begins to wind down its arpeggios, the vocals become more drawn out. As the chorus hits, the vocals are screamed out while the organ plays rhythmic chords.
The song distantly sounds like a Strawberry Alarmclock tune, until the vocals are taken into consideration. Bouncing between a simply spoken narrator and a man who has lost his mind, the sudden change can be incredibly surprising, and abrasive, on the first listen. This difference is not to be pondered for too long, as it is immediately overshadowed by the instrumental outro that lasts for over two minutes. Again, listeners are taken across different styles and genres across all of the instruments. An incredibly unique song in every aspect, it fits in right at home on Temple of the Squid.
Temple of the Squid is certainly the spiritual successor to Ween’s 1997 cult-hit The Mollusk. It jumps from genre to genre, although not usually on the same theme as the tracks before. It blends genres and transitions in the most bizarre spots. The musicianship behind the writing and play style is also highly reminiscent of Frank Zappa. It sounds like a bunch of great musicians got together and had the most fun that they could writing an album, throwing in whatever strange references and ideas they had in mind and rolling with the most outlandish option as their first choice. Much like Ween or Zappa, Super Squid is not for everyone. Some people will find it too far out for their tastes, or the constant transition between styles may be too distracting for some listeners. For those that crave the strange and uncharted territories that a band like this can provide a listener to Temple of the Squid is an absolute must hear.
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