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Skeletons Money

  • Words: Dave Segal
  • Label: Tomlab
  • XLR8R Rating: 9/10

Skeletons are one of the few contemporary bands that can legitimately be called “original.” Led by Matt Mehlan, the New York quartet has wrangled a distinctive mélange of leftfield influences into un-purist jolts of sonic dazzlement. A mere list of Skeletons’ stylistic tropes–No Wave, free jazz, Afrobeat, post-punk, high life, the artiest art rock–doesn’t do justice to the wallop of exciting newness that each track on Money delivers. Mehlan and Co. have synthesized some of the most sublime fringe-music tics into novel expressions of artistry. Their formal innovation combines with emotional heft–Mehlan’s voice is a supple, subtle instrument of deep feeling–to forge an unforgettable listen that seems destined to improve over time. Just don’t expect to tidily classify it.

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