Three Record Reviews: David Lynch, Pink Frost, Mattson 2

Eraserhead Original Soundtrack Recording – David Lynch

Eraserhead SoundtrackIt’s darn near impossible to address any David Lynch film without a strong gut reaction. He simply isn’t an artist that you cannot experience passively, and the same rule is applicable to his music.

Seemingly lost amongst Lynch’s myriad of talents is his ability to craft sound that is as uniquely odd as the images that inspire them. One of Lynch’s true, singular works is “Eraserhead” his surrealist, black & white debut that is as arresting as anything ever projected.

The Pacific Northwest auteur is as adept vacillating back and forth between modern and antique on the Original Soundtrack Recording as anywhere, blending an ominous mix of industrial sound, movie dialog clips and background period recordings. Structurally, Lynch breaks his newly released soundtrack into a “Side A” and “Side B”, with a couple of tracks (“In Heaven (Lady In The Radiator Song” and “Pete’s Boogie”) tacked onto the end. The result is a delightfully stormy piece of post-modern music, or, as it is most often with Lynch, another knothole view into his alarmingly fertile, yet distressing imagination.

You can read more about David Lynch’s Eraserhead Soundtrack here at Sacred Bones.

Pink Frost – Traitors EP

a1245576450_10I keep feeling like it’s only a matter of time before Pink Frost breaks out, and I mean, really breaks out. Their full length LP Sundowning was absolutely stellar, one of the best records of 2013 but nobody seemed to be talking about it.

Now 2014 rolls toward its end and the Chicago quartet has offered Traitors a four-track EP tease, filled with a similarly urgent, brand of feral indie pop-rock. Their songs are taut, sometimes tending toward a little shrill, but every one is satisfying, deep in the guts. Taken as an example, the title track is five minutes (their longest) of churning forward guitars and hypnotically captured vocals. This is the kind of song that begs inclusion on your year end must-have mix.

You can read more in depth about Pink Frost at their website.

The Mattson 2 — Agar

The Mattson 2 "Agar"The conceptual backbone of The Mattson 2’s five-track recording Agar is quite ambitious. The two-piece offers a frenetic brand of improvisational jazz, built around an array of dynamic percussion. The result makes for the perfect, freeform autumnal backdrop.

Twins Jared and Jonathan Mattson craft mature work, whether it is the sprawling, nine-minute opener “Peaks of Yew” or tighter, more compressed jams “Dif Juzz” and “Pure Ego Death”. The album makes use of structured noise in a few places as backdrop to the jazz soundscapes but their impact is minimal. On a few places throughout Agar I felt distracted by sounds that intruded from outside the mix. Regardless of the sophomore effort’s success with regards to the integration of any ambient pieces, as a set of modern, free-form jazz, it is most interesting.

You can read more about The Mattson 2 at their web site.