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Clikatat Ikatowi - Orchestrated and Conducted By

Gravity, 1997, CD, Vinyl

Whereas earlier pioneers of this sound, like label mates Heroin, sound like they might accidentally go off the rails, completely, at any moment, Clikatat Ikatowi sound like they will make sure that they deliberately go off the rails and come back again. The sleeve tells you this much before the record even goes on.

Opener "Too Simple" builds up into an apocalyptical, calamitous horror before rumbling into some chaotic shambles of a verse with off-kilter rhythms and mathy, distorted guitars. The singer sounds like his sanity is hanging by a thread as he wails of subjects that only he knows the meaning of.

The other tracks follow the same pattern of shambolic, mystical genius. If the Heroin discography gave you a taste for this kind of thing, then Clikatat totally nail it and blow you away with their arty take on the whole thing.

Track 4 slows the insane, chaotic bandwagon down for a detour into some stupor of delirious suffering for 6 minutes that disturbs anyone who cares to stick with it, but we are soon back to the raving dischordance of the earlier tracks.

By the end of the whole thing we are left in no doubt that these people live near a desert that they been have wandering in, become very ill, seen visions of the apocalypse, barely survived, and returned back to an urban environment in a permanently altered state of being, somehow remembering their former lives and how to play their instruments.

Reviewed by indigo on 03-12-2011

Keywords : san diego hardcore noisecore post-hardcore gravity avant-garde

This record rated by users : 3.214 ( out of 5 ) from 21 votes.