JOBS: endless birthdays (Ramp Local, 2020)

August 30, 2020 at 1:13 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

JOBS: endless birthdays

JOBS: endless birthdays

The third album from JOBS is an obtuse, oblique set of audio puzzles which occasionally resemble proper songs. The vocals themselves question conventional lyricism, with some tracks entirely spoken word (like opener “A Toast”) and others existing in between speech and some sort of chanting (“Brian”, which contains linguistic criticisms such as “plain speech is so-so”). “Opulent Fields” is the most accessible, hummable song, even if the lyrics end up being about gun violence. Other tracks are far more deconstructed, such as “Planned Humans”, with its skittering beats, glitchy vocals, and fluttering solos. “3 Being 2” has punchy Motorik beats and airy droning, with a feverish, rapidfire guitar solo taking charge three minutes in, and not letting go until the energy is exhausted. The contrast between technological precision and lack of restraint provides the album’s most gripping moments.

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