So are you thinking what I’m thinking ? I read “My Dry Wet Mess” and thought “worst name ever”. It doesn’t evoke anything positive for me at all. I suspect that it reads beautifully in some other language but doesn’t translate well, but let me be clear that is the only thing wrong with this album. Each and every track has something to say and is beautifully structured with irresistible hooks, catchy melodies and impressive production while retaining an experimental feel that means you never know what’s round the corner.
Opener “Austere Coincidences” has a delicious melody, “When We Were Wrong” goes from energy charged two step into a somber breakdown, “Words I Didn’t” canters through a bittersweet rave kind of feel before transforming itself into an 8 bit sea shanty. I could enthiusiastically talk about each and every track on the album but to keep things brief the overall sound is overwhelmingly dance-y with a little dubstep, a little wonky hip-hop and a little two-step but guided by a sense of humour (check the ultra-cheesy but compelling slap bass on “Mombasa Tutu”) and overt and proud musicality.
A couple of years ago I reviewed Eskmo’s album, which was a little like a mirror image of this but while being similarly technically impressive didn’t really manage to present any songs. My Dry Wet Mess doesn’t hide behind technology and hope that a lot of movement will confuse people into thinking they’re listening to good music, he revels in his technology and uses it to great effect, but never loses sight of the objective (making people dance). A late entry into my albums of the year list and probably the best thing I’ve heard on Brainfeeder this year.