The Pitch: Returning Chicago alternative/grunge crew Escape Is Not Freedom have joined forces with dusK Village for a new split release. FFO: Helmet, Sonic Youth, Quicksand
What I Like: For just four songs, two from each band, this is a pretty ecclectic release. I certainly favor Escape Is Not Freedom's contributions. "Boiling Nails" is the best of the bunch, serving as a fantastic throwback to 90's albums like Meantime and Betty with its gritty production, groovy riffs, and despondent vocal approach. This is followed up by "We're Wrecked," which by comparison features a much more melodic approach and guest vocals from the truly ethereal Emily Jancetic. This one feels more like a dreamy B side from Sonic Youth or The Smashing Pumpkins. As for dusK Village, their first track has a doomier, metal feel that almost reminds me of a stripped back Godflesh; while to closer is more of a gutter punk outing. These heavier elements lend themselves further to the variety of the split.
Critiques: While I do greatly enjoy the ecclecticism, there's not much flow to hold it all together. Rather, this just feels like a collection of (solid) leftovers thrown together haphazardly. dusK Village's side could use a little more character as well. They're decent in their own right, but not all that memorable.
The Verdict: Escape Is Not Freedom continue to prove their worth and range on their latest split while also opening my eyes to the gritty dusK Village. There's not a lot here for the uninitiated, but if you enjoyed EINF's last full length, you should definitely check this one out as well.
Flight's Fav's: Boiling Nails, We're Wrecked
-Review by FlightOfIcarus
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