Monday, March 7, 2016

Cancers - Missed 7" - White Vinyl


Debt Offensive (2015)

Every so often I come across a record that I'm kind of at a loss for words over.  Cancers may fit the bill as one of these records.  I'll do my best to describe it, but I feel that any words I put to page here are not going to truly encapsulate what Cancers is doing on this record.

I can't say I've ever listened to this band before, so when the label's website describes this as a departure from the band's earlier work, I can't really chime in with anything.  What the band is doing is recording everything on this 7" with the sort of production that makes it sound like it's being broadcast live from an underwater cave.  There's mountains of static and fuzz on everything. Vocals, guitars, drum machine loops; they're all buried in a distortion avalanche.

With a few notable exceptions, that sort of production isn't really my thing.  While I do tend to favor bands with a grittier recorded sound, there comes a point where there's so much ambient crust I think the songs start to get lost a bit.  For me, that's what's going on here.  There's a couple of pretty decent indie pop songs hidden in here somewhere.  I'm just having a hard time digging them out.

Cancers - Missed 7":

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