ALEC K RED­FEARN AND THE EYE­SORES

The Op­po­site cunei­form Def­i­nitely not your lo­cal polka band.

Prog - - The Musical Box - DW

When a band de­scribe their genre as Dada, refenc­ing the avant-garde art move­ment that set out to chal­lenge and of­fend the sen­si­bil­i­ties of the bour­geoisie, it’s a safe bet it’s not go­ing to be an easy lis­ten. Alec K Red­fearn And The Eye­sores have grown and shrunk from project to project de­pend­ing on the de­mands of their ma­te­rial. This lat­est it­er­a­tion of the band for their eighth al­bum is a quar­tet with Red­fearn on ac­cor­dion, horn player Ann Schat­tle, bassist Christo­pher Sadlers and Matt McLaren on drums. It’s the ac­cor­dion that dom­i­nates the mu­sic, which can sound like a folk band play­ing a blend of krautrock and post-rock while draw­ing in­flu­ences from Can, Tan­ger­ine Dream and Res­i­dents. The tracks are built around dron­ing, repet­i­tive ac­cor­dion riffs, with the other play­ers there to ei­ther re­in­force the main part or drop in and out to add dy­nam­ics. The ar­range­ments and pro­duc­tion can be repet­i­tive, so there’s not much to dis­tin­guish be­tween The Op­po­site and Car­ni­vore. Bat In My

Liv­ing Room adds more dis­tor­tion to the ac­cor­dion while McLaren plays in­dus­trial style tom-tom beats. It’s of­ten abra­sive and melod­i­cally in­ac­ces­si­ble, but that seems to be the point.

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