Tyranny ★★★

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Kobalt Mu­sic

Five years after his first solo foray, Ju­lian Casablan­cas takes a dif­fer­ent tack for his sec­ond en­deav­our out­side The Strokes. The Voidz is an en­tirely dif­fer­ent propo­si­tion to the New York in­die-rock­ers, ex­per­i­ment­ing with off-kil­ter key changes, elec­tronic in­stru­men­ta­tion and free-flow­ing rhythms over the course of an hour. The al­bum tips into self­ind­ul­gence on more than one oc­ca­sion, but the im­prov jam-feel to songs such as Fa­ther Elec­tric­ity is en­light­en­ing. Casablan­cas’ trade­mark drawl re­mains mostly in­tact, while agree­able traces of thrashy, in­dus­trial punk and 1960s psych-rock are au­di­ble amid the eerie ef­fects. Some edit­ing would have fixed the he­do­nis­tic di­gres­sions, but as ex­per­i­men­tal wig-outs go, this is cu­ri­ously en­joy­able. ju­lian­casablan­cas.com

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