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Kinky Creature | Tiny Rooms

album review by John Powell

Kinky Creature | Tiny Rooms

Indie rock can be summed up in Kinky Creature. Ted and Deane Calcagni and Mike Healy of Vermont’s the Fifth Business return with their new outfit for Tiny Rooms, a truly worthy EP. Technically speaking, it’s fuzzy, garage rock-sounding near-punk. Drums thunder, guitars strike, bass gouges, and piano interlaces it all together over these five songs.

Produced by Kyle “Slick” Johnson (Modest Mouse, Waaves), Tiny Rooms is a mix of low-fi and quality arrangements. Like the Fifth Business, there’s a sense of lightheartedness, only here it’s more serious.

“Alchemy” is a powerful opener, continuously growing in intensity throughout its entirety. The piano work is excellent; adding something to the simple rock procedure that this song otherwise follows.

“Ennui” reigns in the heat, opting for a more synth pop crossover ala Modest Mouse, or even, in some regards, LCD Soundsystem. “Tiny creatures moving in a picture-perfect line,” Deane sings before the chorus. Echoing effects and swirling guitars create a classic contemporary oomph.

The real kicker is “Synesthesia”, a neo-disco beat chucking the rhythm up. Bizarre voice effects throw the feel momentarily off balance, but otherwise the song is close to radio-friendly.

Two things don’t work out on Tiny Rooms: hooks are limited, so although the songs in the moment are fist-bump worthy, you can’t get the songs stuck in your head. They want to be there, but it doesn’t work out. Secondly, while Deane has a good voice, his words are lost in the fuzz and his semi-mumble isn’t helpful. This might be part of the reason no hooks snag.

Yet overall, the songs are fun, exciting, and like any other music in the genre, don’t over-think things, but also think things through. It’s well made and worthy of a listen. With a little fine-tuning, Kinky Creature will have a rockin’ future.

Bottom line: Awesome indie rock EP is a good listen, even if it lacks any real hooks.


 

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