Brooklyn trio Idiot Son slips heavy doses of ’90s indie rock into their EP Trajectory Of A Nod. Affected vocals, fuzz, and discordant guitars abound in these four tracks along with spare, quiet moments giving way to crashing walls of noise. The swaying melodies of “Oh Dee” and “Heroin Machine Love Song” are hardly peaceful when delivered with such a dissonant edge, but remain strangely hypnotic and comforting like the swirling buzz of early emo acts Shellac or June of 44. Jangly riffs pepper the record that seem like they sprang from Isaac Brock’s guitar during the Lonesome Crowded West recording sessions, with the resemblance particularly strong in the loud/quiet/loud switches on “Person Is Awake.”
I could spend days namedropping influences for the sort of distorted, shambling, clamoring jumble contained in the four songs on this release, but suffice it to say that if you’ve loved anything with messy guitars, sharp chords, melodic progressions and raspy vocals, you should probably take a listen to the pay-what-you-like tracks streaming below.
STREAM: Idiot Son – Trajectory Of A Nod