The latest from Shit and Shine evokes a "Steely Dan covers band made up of malfunctioning automatons", finds Oliver Cookson
For Texas-based Shit and Shine, curveballs are very much the name of the game. Veering from mucky noise rock dirge to gurning slabs of techno, Craig Clouse is uninterested in the self imposed restrictions of genre. Across Shit and Shine's output he's proven himself as equally adept at twisting melons as dislocating limbs. Thankfully, on Malibu Liquor Store mind-mashing intensity and rhythmic bombardment are both present in spades.
The album opens with the cinematic title track, a krautrock scene-setter revealing a torrid, burnt-out landscape. The groove is urgent and twitchy with effected guitar, reverberating percussion and plonking piano jabs fleshing out the space. You can feel the heat but it's more akin to debilitating sun-stroke than lounging poolside with a cocktail in hand. 'Rat Snake' pushes deeper into the scorched terrain, building tension with trebly guitar splashes and gritty synths revving up for action...
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