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Phantasmatrash Policy Wonks

Phantasmatrash‘s Policy Wonks fails on every level it aims to reach. Touting itself as "One of the most encompassing experimental hip-hop records of recent years," the 10-tracker contains nameless songs that worsen as the album progresses. Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou‘s production is indeed eclectic, but disappoints at every genre it attempts. Whether touching on IDM, hardcore, or hip-hop, the album‘s production is extremely repetitive, abrasive, and unmoving. Rapper Ashton Boyton‘s delivery is lifeless and his lyrics are full of uninspired clichés. Although surely well intentioned, Phantasmatrash‘s latest release is a contrived mess.

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