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re:play :: Night Surgeon’s “Gondola Crimewave”

Crate dug into this Pacific EP from 2014, and basked for a marvelous moment in said aural sample from Portland-bred sonic doctors. Needless to say, if your ailment is color-by-numbers iPop – today’s prescription is two GCs and a midnight call.

Love, this, one; in so many ways…

Lush, layered instrumentation underlie slightly post-adolescent / pre-TriBeCa indie pop frontman vocals … there’s something refreshing and relaxing about the interplay between highschool / emo-esque vocals blending with acoustic borderline-world alternative beats — like a kid who still has proper CDs in their car, the only two of which are Yusef Lateef and The Arctic Monkeys

On the wall, time fades
On the wrong, signwaves
Stand on the wall, don’t let me fall

In standard pacific time
When night life begins to shine
Don’t ever leave here

Trapped in selective times, when surface level feels just fine
Don’t ever leave here

Gondola crimewave
Sailing down, sideways

In standard pacific time
When night life begins to shine
Don’t ever leave here

Trapped in selective times, when surface level feels just fine
Don’t ever leave here

Yeah I feel numb
Yeah I don’t feel at all

Resounding reverberation and aqualectric guitar riffs lead the way and linger astray from vocal directives gone distant… around the 3 1/2 minute mark our gondola crosses elemental force-fields between oceanic and galactic coastlines… chants rise and fall, synths and vocoders envelop, muted bass, maximalist indigenous percussion crescendo and ebb until echoes of mild pixie chants remain sole remnants of human navigation through this superlative sonic scape … where subterranean and extraterrestrial find bonds in the rebellious bourgeoisie residence of pure music.

Sounds like: when speculative fiction eloped with tropical surf, Fool’s Gold’s northern exposure, PDX on a summer day

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Kari View All

Personified amalgam of 1987, Baltimore, Atlanta, DC, Manhattan, London, Los Angeles and American pop culture. Language artist within a capacity, drummer by passion, Pop savant by preordination, Media Master by dictate of scholastic artisans and scientists, and culture scribe by necessity. I freelance life.

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