Exploded View - Summer Came Early EP

by Jeff Penczak Rating:4 Release Date:2017-11-10
Exploded View - Summer Came Early EP
Exploded View - Summer Came Early EP

An international project comprised of UK-born/Berlin-based singer Anika Henderson and Mexican producers Martin Thulin, Hugo Quezada, and Amon Melgarejo, Exploded View follow up last year’s eponymous debut with this 4-track EP of outtakes and new tunes. Luckily, the band of three producers doesn’t suffer from too-many-cooks syndrome, as all the tracks find the participants on the same (musical) page. Henderson’s droney drawl is pure Nico gloom and doom, and the minimalist backing on the title track develops her earlier fascination with krautrock beats. ‘Forever Free’ is more of a Looney Tunes backing track (a la Carl Stalling’s Bugs Bunny soundtracks) with Henderson reciting her shaggy dog lyrics in a disaffected, frankly, bored monotone. I lost the plot halfway through.    

‘Mirror of the Madman’ is more of the same – stream-of-conscious lyrics over a monotonic backbeat. I wonder if she changes the story at every performance? We end with the ramshackled mess of ‘You Got A Problem Son’. Boy, do we. Supposedly found buried on some 8-track tape, it should have stayed there. As an experiment in synchronicity, it didn’t work when The Plasmatics tried editing disembodied segments from isolated musicians into a collaborative whole to see how “in tune” with each other the band members were, and it still doesn't work. This is what cutting room floors are made for.

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