Carson Cox w/ Sam York & Austin Brown: Fire Dance 7″ (Wharf Cat, 2017)

December 4, 2016 at 9:57 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Carson Cox w/ Sam York & Austin Brown: Fire Dance 7"

Carson Cox w/ Sam York & Austin Brown: Fire Dance 7″

This 7″ brings together members of Merchandise, WALL, and Parquet Courts, but it sounds nothing like you’d expect. It’s better than you’d expect, actually. It’s some sort of lo-fi new wave goth disco, with synths and drums both live and programmed. The A-side title track is a more uptempo dance jam, with shuffling drums, sizzling synths, and several shades of space-age noises. There’s a lot of layers to this one, but it doesn’t sound over-stuffed, it’s all tuned into the same groove. “Rene”, on the other side, is slower and more industrial. The guitars are sharp and searing, and they swarm around you like hawks, but they’re still no match for the sequencers and battering drum machines, and the vocal chant “memories”. It’s punishing and intense. Pre-order at Wharf Cat.

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