Paik

Paik

Paik

Monster of the Absolute

Strange Attractors

While it might be a little premature to say Paik’s finally come back from space rock exploration and landed for good, Monster of the Absolute has them firmly ensconced in Earth’s atmosphere. The infinity drones are still there, as on “Phantoms,” but they’re overlaid with constructed riffs and a driving rhythm section. The sublime “Snake Face” goes the sticky-sweet route embodying everything good about shoegaze’s emotionally rich guitar textures. It’s like listening to a Jesus & Mary Chain record with the vocals removed. The title track shifts slow-moving dynamics around alternating time signatures like one of the malignant, amorphous elder gods it’s named after. “Contessa” is the album’s most traditional Paik track as well as its most unexpected. Building drones from horns and keyboards, it’s like one continuous thread for a a shuffling drum beat and low-key bass line to provide a tempo. Thoroughly organic and terrestrial, it feels like the perfect note to end on after the preceding descent. Interesting then that “Outro” with its backward guitar loops has such a vertiginous, star-scanning feel to it, priming us for the ascension next time around.

Strange Attractors: www.strange-attractors.com

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Best of Film 2021
    Best of Film 2021

    Lily and Generoso select and review their ten favorite features, seven supplemental films, and two prized repertory releases of 2021.

  • I Saw A Dozen Faces…
    I Saw A Dozen Faces…

    From The Windbreakers to Bark, Tim Lee is a trooper in the rock and roll trenches…and he’s lived to tell it all in his new memoir.

  • The Lyons
    The Lyons

    A man on his deathbed is surrounded by bickering family members, many of which you would strangle him given the chance. In other words: a brilliant comedy!

  • The Reading Room
    The Reading Room

    Today’s episode features author Anna-Marie O’Brien talking about her book Adventures of a Metalhead Librarian: A Rock N’ Roll Memoir with Ink 19’s Rose Petralia.

  • Bush Tetras
    Bush Tetras

    Rhythm and Paranoia (Wharf Cat). Review by Scott Adams.

  • Tom Tom Club
    Tom Tom Club

    The Good The Bad and the Funky (Nacional). Review by Julius C. Lacking.

  • Barnes & Barnes
    Barnes & Barnes

    Pancake Dream (Demented Punk Records). Review by Carl F. Gauze.

  • Jeremiah Lockwood
    Jeremiah Lockwood

    A Great Miracle: Jeremiah Lockwood’s Guitar Soli Chanukah Album (Reboot). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Metallica: The $24.95 Book
    Metallica: The $24.95 Book

    From an underground band that pioneered the thrash metal sound, to arguably the biggest rock act in the new millennium, Metallica has had a long and tumultuous history. Ben Apatoff scours a myriad of sources to catalog this history in his new book.

  • Araceli Lemos
    Araceli Lemos

    Shortly after AFI Fest 2021 wrapped, Generoso spoke at length with director, Araceli Lemos about her award-winning and potent feature debut, Holy Emy. Lemos’s film uses elements of body horror in her story about the exoticization of two Filipina sisters living in Greece and how that exploitation creates a distance between them.

From the Archives