29 Apr 2019
Freq reviews Gum Takes Tooth's Arrow
Gum Takes Tooth have waited five years to follow up their second album Mirrors Fold, but it would appear to have been well worth the wait. The wildness of the live spectacle is not so apparent when listening to this album, but the amount of ideas and angles that the duo has on drum and electronic sound-making is phenomenal.
Opener “Cold Chrome Hearts” is just plaintive distorted vocals, which sound as if they are coming from underwater, and a gentle rhythm that appears as if it is being beaten out on the hull of a shipwrecked boat. It pulses and vibrates, but in that strange way that sound travels through water. It is difficult to put an aural handle on it, but that changes entirely with “The Arrow”; tribal drumming, car-alarm rhythm, post-techno soundscape, all are present, and these different rhythmic elements all vie for their place in the ragged whole. They merge and conjoin, then dissipate and reappear to create a dizzying tableau through which buzz-saw techno keys tear and twist. The vocals are a whole other thing, and their insistent mantra is smeared through the mix like some kind of glue being used to patch the thing together.
their insistent mantra is smeared through the mix like some kind of glue being used to patch the thing togetherThroughout the whole album, the drums are wide and expansive, but have that welcoming inclusivity that comes from a tribal direction. At times it is the vocals that bring a spectral, almost insubstantial, feel to some of the tracks, like a reaction to the strength and power of the synths...
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