Kowloon Walled City "Turk Street"Posted on Monday, January 28th, 2008 @ 6:26am » permalink
Two other fine mp3 blogs that I fully endorse, Built on a Weak Spot and Invisible Oranges, already wrote about the "Turk Street" EP from San Francisco's Kowloon Walled City back in December, which is when I was contacted by the band as well, so perhaps you're already familiar with their work by now. But in the interest of not having three sites (that I hope/assume you all check out fairly regularly) write about the same EP within the span of a few weeks, I decided to sit on it for a little while, so… here it is now, in case anyone's still in the dark. The band's debut recorded output (which I believe is only available digitally, and it is free) includes three tracks in about 14 minutes and plods through a nice range of dingy, sludgy poundings with just the right amount of noisiness and subtle doom and atmospheric undertones (especially in slower, longer, darker closer "Make us Pay"), while the hoarse vocals are pretty much just straight up shouting, which I find to be quite refreshing, really. And the recording is absolutely fuckin' great for what they're doing, with a killer low-end throb and an awesome sense of texture and warmth that kicks up some gritty distortion and feedback without losing cohesion or detail or becoming messy in any way. Extremely well done. Clear, powerful… just killer, all around. As usual I'm left feeling like there's more that I should say, but just check it out for yourself, and if you like what you hear, download the entire EP a few lines down.
As mentioned, the entire EP is available for free, and yes, the downloads are high-quality, so… I mean, what more could you possibly ask for, really? Quick and easy, people: