Shit and Shine - 54 Synth-Brass, 38 Metal Guitar, 65 Cathedral

by Rob Taylor Rating:9 Release Date:2015-03-16

The perversities of sound created on 54 Synth-Brass 38 Metal Guitar 65 Cathedral make for real analysis paralysis. Anyone attempting to describe the sounds would likely suffer a seizure before any moment of intellectual dawning. I suppose Shit & Shine create a type of music that is more a provocation of the senses, closing off tangential thought, thwarting catharsis and instilling a  maddening sense of unattainable or lost expectation.

In some respects, the transgressive style of dubstep-noise-rock is food for the dark soul, nourishment that can deliver with great concentration, and a modicum of patience. Music with an unceasing beat which should hypnotically lull, but inters such self-satisfaction with sorties of industrial noise, sampled public service announcements, and disembodied sound.

Occasionally, it appears that elements of the music are playing elsewhere, like through shared walls. Or down the street. It's all a kind of musical chimera, something that occasionally appears to be happening elsewhere, or not at all. 

Shit & Shine have been doing this delinquent experimental music for some time now, and one thing I'll say for it: it's assuredly different to anything else in the marketplace. Music that somehow feels more at home in sunrise after-parties than uber-cool late-night bars. I guess in spite of itself, the music makes you want to dance, but probably by yourself.

Did I say it's thoroughly captivating, and probably one of the best releases of the year? I’ve just read back my review, and it makes little sense. This music scrambles your senses.

You should probably buy it.

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