Review - Exquisite Fucking Boredom

Artist: Skullflower

Exquisite Fucking Boredom
Label: Tumult
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Exquisite Fucking Boredom

It begins with a mighty, meaty warpath-clearer of a guitar riff -- imagine Black Sabbath slowed down or Dead Meadow slightly sped up. But Skullflower's first album since 1996 doesn't aim to rock you like a hurricane. Fifty-three of "Exquisite's" 72 minutes find this endlessly recycling theme caught in varying states of sonic distress -- shadowed by roiling licks funneled through a battery of effects pedals, ravaged by reverb, wrapped in towering, quavering Northern Lights-sized tones, smothered in snarling Dead C scrawls. So when Skullflower changes gears and goes all Neu!-school for "Saturn" -- a motorik confection of deadpan drumbeats and lava-lamping synth washes -- the relief comes on surprisingly strong; it's like stumbling upon a grassy clearing in the middle of a gnarled forest.

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