no agebreakout launch, eccentric crushers, 15 years ago, when Billie Eilish was 5 and people were still able to live in Los Angeles. The compilation of early Lo-fi songs turned guitarist Randy Randall and drummer Dean Spunt into low-energy spotlights in indie rock; Stories tend to focus on their deep involvement in Los Angeles’ performance art space and community space Odor, the center of the thriving city of Bohemia. The smell is still flying. So is No Age, fortunately, although the misty, impulse and quiet skateboarding hasn’t changed much since 2007.
Among the world-acclaimed 2008 Names and 2020 Goons Be GoneRandall and Spant remained committed to their basic sound—using swirls of guitar effects to distort three- and four-stringed punk songs—but tended to differentiate each version through mixing, tweaking, and transposition. They will reduce levels of distortion or showing sprawling, droning sprat vocals; they will cut drumsor anything looks like a song, completely; they will Hit far or Chill out. but on People help people, the sixth studio album for No Age, Randall and Spunt broke their mold with more abstract and whimsical music. For the first time since their early releases, they play with a renewed sense of possibility.
Among all No Age’s LPs, People help people Most Popular With Rough Arrangements 2013 something. However, this album was still mainly based on songs, while People help people Emphasizes sound and texture. It’s booked into two oceanic pieces, and the first track that resembles the classic No Age — naive, tense, and unexpectedly poignant “Plastic (You Want It)” — arrives only about a third of the way. Seven out of the 13 cuts have no vocals. Five have no drums. The most visible songs are an unusual mix of IDM and post-punk. No age draws many comparisons to Husker Dubut People help people is more like Mouse on Mars I try to do Romantic flowers.
The sound design of the kitchen sink is likely a byproduct of the recording process. People help people It is the first No Age album created without an outside producer, in their studio in Randall’s garage. Some songs feel like experiments with new instruments. The motor-paced compound drum beat is the only prop on “built-in strobes”, with bass guitar scrapes and drum beats entering randomly. “Mutual Dependence” is a phasing out passage for a psychedelic guitar chop that doesn’t seem out of place in Six members of admission LP. The festive and dreamy “Blueberry Barefoot”, backed by the chords of the orchestra, can be both festive and dreamy, disintegration Demo, church wedding, or music contract for Android.
extends for a little over half an hour, People help people It requires a little listening before their logic starts to click, but eventually the shredded music overlaps their catalog, even suggesting new directions for their future work. No Age music has always felt like it was equally at home in a gallery or show in the basement, but now it seems like they’re heading more into the art world. This applies to Spunt’s lyrics, which are still too vague to be slogans (“I don’t like the obvious, I made you my man,” he sings on the single “Tripped Out Before Scott”). The video To close the track “Helping Andy,” directed by famed Los Angeles photographer and experimental director Kersti Jan Werdal, shares the same sentiment, with a montage of found footage of Andy Warhol. None of these gestures are pretentious or obnoxious. Indeed, it is in keeping with No Age’s enduring virtue: to inspire and energize through mystery and without resorting to cheap sentiment.
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