A five-track Rorschach test, Age of Energy, the astounding new album by the Chicago Underground Duo, elicits visions.
1. "Winds Sweeping Pines"- Ignore the selection's title. I see a riot by discontented assembly line workers at a Chinese industrial plant. This is everything I'd hoped for but didn't get from internet sensation BadBadNotGood.Fans of Tortoise, Matthew Shipp and Stereolab are encouraged to seek their own visions with Age of Energy.
2. "It's Alright"- Once again, the title is grossly misleading. It's most definitely not alright. This is the sound of Miles Davis attempting to claw his way out of his grave.
3. "Castle In Your Heart"- The label amusingly refers to the track as a single. (It's available as a free download here.) Like a Gauguin painting of Polynesia come to life, the song's fleetingly sensual quality is akin to a moment of oblivious tranquility hours before a tsunami strikes.
4. "Age of Energy"- The drumming on the title track resembles the dull thump of wet Nikes tumbling in a distressed dryer. The astringent screech of the trumpet might have been achieved through enhanced interrogation.
5. "Moon Debris"- The lost Kraftwerk jazz album from 1973. I've got yer jazz robots right here.
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(Original image by There Stands the Glass.)