MELTDOWN Kyle Jenkins Near Enough Records www.nearenoughrecords.com
Kyle Jenkins, visual artist and lead singer of Australian indie band Suicide Swans, has used his artistic flair for his first solo album Meltdown. Jenkins admits that current global tension was behind the inspiration for some of the album’s tracks. There’s a hint of alternate country on the guitar-laden ‘Vultures’, and again on ‘DestroyHer’, that track made even more enticing with the wellplaced female backing vocals. ‘See Saw’ is somewhat of a melancholy, minimalist song, but it’s the rocking ‘Wire’ that could boast standout status on Meltdown. Jenkins casual vocals are almost overpowered by the fuzzed-out guitar work on ‘Strangers’, which eventually builds into a big production piece, while ‘Sons & Daughters’ has a post-punk ’90s sound. The 12 tracks on Meltdown boast a stronger indie rock style than Suicide Swans’ album Augusta released last year and is worth checking out.