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Aloosh - 'Ceramic'

by MarcusErridge
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on 04 February 2013 in Albums & EPs
Record Label Nature Scene Records
Rating 8/10

There is something bleak but funky about Aloosh’s music that harks back to 90’s trip-hop, with the jangling guitar and unpredictable drums of bands like Deerhoof. ‘Wind For Kite’ is a strong opener, followed by title-track ‘Ceramic’, which is offbeat, curious but likable The single ‘Armour’ is where the dirty riffs kick things up a gear, with a haunting backing vocal that contrasts nicely. Things slow down with the bluesy ‘Butter’, which contains a great Synth hook, while singer Jodie Scantlebury’s soulful voice adds lift to this sultry number. ‘Time’ is another winner. Scantlebury has an adaptable voice, and this track really shows off her range. ‘Kid Gloves’ is a deceptively simple tune, with some pretty complicated interplay happening in the background. Strip the vocals away, and it sounds a bit like Battles. Whereas ‘Do Until You Die’ sounds a little bland until the guitar breaks back in to spice things up a little. Ceramic contains variety and new ideas, while challenging enough to need a few listens to wrap your head around it. This is the kind of new music that gets you excited enough to want to go throw a pig down the stairs.

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