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Friday, March 13, 2015

Problems That Fix Themselves - Which is Worse

If you are ready for sounds that will make you feel as if you do not understand the future of music, Which is Worse can take you on this listening journey. The first time this vinyl spun, my ears were spilling question marks as fast as the music came in. From the droney beginnings of the title track "Which is Worse", this album quickly takes off on the second track "Maximum Occupancy". There is serious hydraulic beat manufacturing, hazy street lights blurring by on an 161kpm drive outside of Berlin. These sounds still have some securing ropes reaching the ground, and the emergence of "Black Elvis" sets Problems That Fix Themselves free of these tethers. Combining beats and oscillating drone, this track sounds like someone testing futuristic bagpipes while the factory making them is pounding away on the assembly belt. A completely unique bonding of rhythm and drone. There is very nice musical craftsmanship from track to track on Which is Worse. This is exemplified with "Sunday Song", a nice resting spot to end the first side with simple organ and fuzzy beautiful vocals.

Side two launches back into a world of sound joining sick synthesizer riffs with relentless machine gun beats on the track "8:62". The sound here hearkens back the lack of understanding i have of where Problems That Fix Themselves is taking me. The listen is really good, but i have no idea where i am? The whole thing slows down for "Elsie Mary". This is an all encompassing electronic ambient soaking. Beautiful in a sense of contrast and familiarity, providing thought provoking time for introspection. You will need this to traverse the completely foreign wasteland of "Slowburn". The last and longest track on the album, be prepared to carry your wits with you. Problems That Fix Themselves is bombarding you with an electronic attack of "The Birds" by Alfred Hitchcock. Feedback, squawking, menacing thumping on your skull. If you make it through, there is a possibility the future of sounds could fractionally be understood.

Out on Already Dead Tapes and Records as release number 150. No big deal for this Chicago label, already with the addition of ten plus releases after this one. The packaging is as good as the music, cool insert with album info, stickers, a poster, heavy vinyl. Both heralding from Chicago, Problems That Fix Themselves and Already Dead have done superb work together on this one.

With so much happening on this album, give yourself the time to listen in it's entirety. I think the composition has high value when heard from start to finish.

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