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Ex Hex: Rips (Merge, 2014)

El último trabajo de Ex Hex: Rips (Merge, 2014) es un disco que, pese a tener su interés, pienso que no es ni demasiado bueno ni demasiado malo. Pasa rápido, tiene momentos brillantes… pero no termino de cogerle el espíritu. Partiendo de planteamientos digamos que… Pseudo-Garajeros, creo que el sonido de las chicas es más cercano al Power-Pop de los setenta, a los sonidos que llegaron desde las Islas Británicas por entonces. Pero a sus canciones les falta el empuje final que encuentro quizás en cortes como Waste your time o Hot and cold (riffs calcados incluidos). Pese a que Mary Timony ya lleva bastante tiempo en este negociado, a la música de Ex Hex le queda mucho recorrido…


“The songs look back to ’70s radio rock with some amount of yearning, but Rips isn’t purely motivated by retromania. There’s a bit of environmental pressure built into this record: garage rock is adaptive music, where minimum resources can yield maximum impact, and it can thrive where rents are pricey and practice space is in short supply. You can write it with the people who are around, it plays well in a basement and also on a stage, and it’s easy to know when it’s working. If you can remember a garage rock song two minutes after it’s over, then it’s probably a good one.
All the genre demands is excitement, and Rips is definitely exciting. It’s stripped down, fast, and physical; the songs mostly revolve around scrubby, disappointing dudes and their failings, but the message is never maudlin or tragic. Timony spent years speak-singing, performing lyrics in a cool and detached tone that wavered in and out of pitch. But in Ex Hex, she’s developed a more overtly melodic delivery. As a guitarist, she’s playing a bit below her chops, but her solos are tasteful and on point, pitching up the emotional heft of a song once words won’t cut it anymore.
Over the years, Timony’s own musical style evolved into something fairly distinct, a witchy-sounding and modestly mystical music that bred progressive rock and ’70s British folk with elements of D.C. post-punk. Some of that sound exists in Ex Hex, too, particularly in the modest pace of “Hot and Cold”, but Rips mostly finds the band walking away from Timony’s established voice and pushing toward something more direct and energeticembracing the past, but also blowing things up and starting again” (Pitchfork)

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18 febrero, 2015 - Posted by | Ex Hex

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