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ARTIST
TITLE
Headache
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
XRAY 017CD XRAY 017CD
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RELEASE DATE
6/17/2016

2015 release. Sharp as a migraine and twice as psychedelic. There is something about Trupa Trupa's music that borders on an interface with pain -- sometimes the vocals and guitar are all treble and daggers, for instance -- but then there's that anesthetic cushion of organ and the rolling sighs of the rhythms and melodies. Trupa Trupa's music teeters between a yawn and a shriek. It sways but does not stumble. There is something almost threatening about the way it affects to lose control at moments when one knows full well that it's never under any less but the most precise and steely control of its creators. These four men from Gdańsk, Poland, make rock music that swells with exquisitely executed tension and release. This is the noise one might imagine four 20th-century minimal composers making (Schoenberg? Stravinsky? Satie? Pärt?) if they had electric instruments instead of sheet music and a grudge instead of an audience. The band's lyrics are marked by the same economy and brutality as their deployment guitar, bass, drums, and keys. Everything is sparse and happening at once. Those repetitive grids of words and tones are in agreement but offer no clues. This could be the most vicious music Blue Tapes and X-Ray Records has ever released. At least one person has described it as sounding like Faust. It was recorded in a synagogue and an abandoned marine machinery plant.