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Album Review: Sextile ‘3’

This new album from Sextile, 3, just makes whatever you’re doing so much better. While working on something else that I hate a lot (like it makes me want to throw my laptop out the window but I have to do because of, you know, rent) I listened to this album on repeat and I actually had fun. The whole album is just begging to be played live accompanied by a huge dance party.

Which brings me to the question: what type of music is this?

I’d totally dance to this on a night out, but it also rocks so hard. The band’s obsession with futurist writer Luigi Russolo’s “The Art of Noises” shows through as they make the strangest honks and dings and whirlygig sounds fit in seamlessly with catchy synth beats and fun riffs.

The opening song, “Disco,” is a perfect opening song for this short and to-the-point little album. It’s also super appropriately titled. Although, while I can’t make out all of the words, the only ones I can recognize are “no time for disco, no time for living,” and, “gun control,” maybe? I may have made that last one up, but it would make sense with the shitshow of a political climate in which we’ve found ourselves.

The next song, “Drop You,” starts off hectically, with off-kilter guitar chords and frantic percussion. On the tail end of the sentiment of the previous song, it definitely puts you in a mood. By that I mean it can leave you feeling like the chaos of it all is crashing down on you.

But if you don’t want to feel anxious about the current state of affairs, just groove along instead of trying to make sense of the lyrics or the in-your-face-ness of the sounds being presented. Recorded in Los Angeles at their home and practice space using a KORG MS-10, a sequencer, a Fender Stratocaster, a LinnDrum, and various percussion instruments, Brady Keehn and Melissa Scaduto have created something really fascinating to listen to with 3.

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