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Twisted ways: He Sleeps and Rum Buffalo reviewed by Alt77

He Sleeps and Rum Buffalo reviewed by Alt77

Rum Buffalo – Slumtown Nightmare

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Genre: Post-Punk, Indie Rock, Alternative Rock

Did Mark E. Smith or Howard S. Rowland go to school to learn to make the kind of music they ended up creating? Did they spend a lot of time prior to their groups analyzing their future steps forward? Unlikely. 

They were bright folks, you know. But, one can’t help but feel that it took them a lifetime of acquiring discomfort and rage before they could get going. They are the proof that machine-learning has no hope of working on post-punk. It is, after all, the distillation of the DYI spirit and genuine joylessness.

In the same way that it takes a lifetime of training and dieting to create a gold-medalist at the Olympics, so it takes a lifetime to create the characters responsible for Rum Buffalo’s Slumtown Nightmare. It’s the poetry of likely overachievers who’ve chosen little or none of what the world has to offer them. 


He Sleeps – MinMax

Genre: Progressive Rock, Art Rock, Math Rock

People’s imagination doesn’t work in one steady, dependable manner. Some make sense of their lives and surroundings through images painted by their brain that they can see as clearly as the summer sun. Some hear sounds as if an orchestra was playing in their minds. Others do not possess any of this and have to make logical deductions. 

I am no expert on meditation, a craze that seems to come and go in Western society. However, I gather that its potentially potent effect comes as a result of the fact that a sound, or phrase that is repeated enough times, finally, glues to the synapses, to the breathing, and to one’s imagination, until it becomes a part of them and, potentially, changes them for the better. 

He Sleeps’ MinMax sounds like a computer meditating. It spins calming, colorful patterns for a while before those become changed. And, much like meditation itself, it is occasionally bothered and interrupted by the annoying influence of the outside world. An expressive, well-controlled exercise by He Sleeps. 

About author

Eduard is a writer, blogger, and musician. As a content writer, Eduard has contributed to numerous websites and publications including FootballCoin, Extra Time Talk, Fanatik, Sportskeeda, Nitrogen Sports, Bavarian FootballWorks, etc. He runs and acts as editor-in-chief of the alternative rock music website www.alt77.com Eduard is also a musician, having played and recorded in various bands and as a solo artist.
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