MELT­DOWN Kyle Jenk­ins Near Enough Records www.neare­noughrecords.com

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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.

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