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Alpine Static

Alpine Static
(Sub Pop)
Take the slow, purposeful momentum of slowcore, add the mercuric plodding of Sabbath-era metal with just a dash of European psych rock and you kinda get the idea of Seattle’s Kinski. Sound familiar? Perhaps, but Kinski is worlds apart from Mudhoney, or the whole grunge scene. Mudhoney never allowed one note to repeat itself for 90 seconds, as Kinski does on opener “Hot Stenographer.” Nor did that scene ever produce anything so tangential and spacious as the opening section of “Hiding Drugs in the Temple,” a song that segues back and forth between a hot jingly riff and a guitar freak-out along the lines of early Sonic Youth. While this isn’t unventured territory, Kinski sure as hell knows how to explore a repeating riff and exploit it with rapturous peaks of intensity.
—Dave Hayden

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