The Vulgarian Philharmonic

April 11, 2018


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The Pitch: "This was my attempt at orchestrating anxiety." Solo artist Lou Kelly delivers a mathy bit of experimentation, chopping up hardcore vocals from various other projects with classical instrumentation. Recommended by Mathcast. FFO: Cleric., Mr. Bungle, Jersey Band

What I Like: In just 4 tracks (8 if you count the instrumental versions), Lou Kelly has proven himself to be one of the most innovative artists that you've never heard of. The Vulgarian Philharmonic's unhinged songwriting is indeed a stressful experience; but it's a panic attack well worth having. Mike Patton himself would be in awe of this madness. Lou has vomited forth a deluge of piano, brass, strings, and wind intruments backed by a whirlwind of technical drumming. Without an ounce of guitar, the result is every bit as heavy and aggressive as any mathcore album you could pull out of a hat. And thanks to the many vocal contributors and coldly calculated composing, this experiment still ends up being strangely accessible.

Critiques: Nothing. I can't touch this.

The Verdict: Seriously, spam this to Mike Patton. I'm confident that he'd put it out to everyone he knows...if not ask to be a part of the next one. A must listen if you at all celebrate new and interesting music.

Flight's Fav's: Blow, Scrape

- Review by FlightOfIcarus

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