Rubbing Alcohol – Evacuation
Rubbing Alcohol’s Evacuation is a single built on tension and on the principle of never quite giving the listener what they might be expecting the most. It feels like a tune created out of elimination, almost as if the artist first composed a gigantic rock tune, and then began to take it apart, one guitar and drum lick at a time.
What we are left with is a post-traumatic experience described through the medium of sounds. None of the sonic elements here seems to have been created in moments of mental ease, which adds a distinct edge to the recording.
The rhythmic vocals drive Evacuation like a guide through a wasteland. The electronic drum patterns further remove the human element with only a minimalist piano riff left to add some kind of warmth. It’s a well-produced song that feels of its time.
ttypes – Colorado
We all see our home cities in our mind’s eye through a distorted lens. Personally, I think of the dirty streets where I grew up as the greatest place on Earth. I have random visions of some of the debilitated park benches, the local drunks, or the cracked pavement the same way others might recall visiting Southern France.
ttypes’ Colorado describes the aforementioned location through similarly rose-tinted glasses. In his song, the U.S. Western state enters a kind of state of grace where every blade of grass, each gaze at the sky, and every cheap motel seem like communication with the divinity itself.
If you’re not sold on the concept, then you may get convinced by the ear-worms included here. The chorus in which vocals play around with different intonating methods of the word “Colorado” could soon become some kind of unofficial anthem to this U.S. state which has, thus far, had too few songs dedicated to it.