21 May 2020

Sputnik Music reviews Sex Swing's Type II

They say:

Type II is the kind of thing you would find lurking fathoms below the ocean, in a dark uncharted abyss. It's an oddly-shaped mass adorned with the remains of melted crystals, shimmering in the blackness. Its base is made up of the liquefied remains of different minerals, with an oily sheen and other unidentifiable components like possibly fish entrails. It salivates and oozes from its misshapen glands when plucked from its habitat and dropped onto the examination table. It unsettles the *** out of you, but you can't look away.

Ponderings of possible meanings behind repulsive clumps of organic and inorganic substances aside; Sex Swing are a sextet composed of musicians from all over the UK's underground circles. This includes acts like Dethscalator, Bonnacons of Doom, Mugstar, and even guitarist Jodie Cox who played guitar on Earth's previous studio album Primitive and Deadly. The collective's musical style can be distilled down to a discordant blend of noise rock and psychedelia, sometimes mixing their own jagged version of krautrock's rhythmic repetition into the mix. Add in some blasts of free improv saxophone curteousy of the excellent Colin Webster, and that's Sex Swing's sound in a nutshell. That's discounting some elements of no wave that crop up here and there, but that's mostly relevant to the band's self-titled debut album that was released through The Quietus Phonographic Corporation back in 2016...

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