Tyvek: Blunt Instrumental 3 tape (Doubles Tapes, 2015)

November 3, 2015 at 7:28 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Tyvek: Blunt Instrumental 3 tape

Tyvek: Blunt Instrumental 3 tape

Tyvek haven’t released a proper album since 2012’s well-received On Triple Beams; since then, they’ve sporadically issued limited cassettes of practices and live gigs. This is the first Tyvek release in many years to feature WCBN’s own Shelley Salant (Shells, Rebel Kind, a billion other bands/projects). On the first side, she and Kevin Boyer plug away on some repetitive, meditative improvs for guitar, drums, and bass, and it actually quite resembles Shells more than Tyvek, especially considering how Boyer’s voice is kind of shunted into a corner for only a few moments near the end of the side. The second side is more Tyvek-y, with razor-sharp guitar riffage and bleeding treble-bass surrounding Boyer’s lyrics about city dreaming, free states, and past futures. The electrified stomp-throb of “Shattered Channels” is the easy highlight.

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