Bitcrush Epilogue in Waves
- Words: Brock Phillips
- Label: n5MD
- XLR8R Rating: 6/10
As the title suggests, this may well be the final album from Bitcrush (otherwise known as Mike Cadoo, former member of post-industrialists Gridlock and the founder of the n5MD imprint). With each album, Bitcrush has distanced himself from his electronic roots, and on Epilogue, Cadoo eschews glitch altogether for a glissade of guitars and grandiose drums. The difficulty is that mood alone cannot sustain a song, and Bitcrush often takes the sound of shoegazers like My Bloody Valentine or Slowdive into navel-gazing territory. Exceptions are found in songs like “Pearl,” an opalescent, 10-minute-long treasure that achieves the catharsis that at his best, Cadoo clearly is capable of.
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