Tristan Welch: Capitalist Teeth (self-released, 2020)

October 26, 2020 at 10:16 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Tristan Welch: Capitalist Teeth

Tristan Welch’s third album of 2020 was inspired by his first trip to the dentist in years, due to ongoing financial struggles as well as mental health issues. This, of course, made him realize that taking care of one’s health requires winning the game of capitalism, when it should be a basic human right for everyone. The music itself is noisy drone which sort of feels like having a dentist work on your teeth and constantly picking and scraping, yet it’s not actually as painful as it seems, and maybe there’s some anesthetics involved. If you’ve ever been at a dentist’s office and thought the whirring machines sounded cool and would make a good album, well, this actually doesn’t sound exactly like that. If you’re into noise/drone stuff, you could easily listen to this without being aware of the concept and still just enjoy it for how it sounds; it doesn’t sound gimmicky at all. Still, it does capture that feeling pretty well; it’s kind of harsh at some points but also pretty soothing. The second track seems a bit more glacial by the end than the first, which is where most of the action is. A good head-cleaner, and it doesn’t matter if you don’t have insurance.

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