Album review: "Meat Mountain"
By Moira E. McLaughlin
Friday, July 27, 2012
A Lull’s new EP, “Meat Mountain,” is a lot like the indie band’s 2011 debut album, “Confetti.” It’s thick with rhythms that weave in and out of each other and provide the kind of color that’s normally reserved for melodies. This layering of textures results in tunes that are as much experimental art as they are music to be consumed.
The album features myriad manufactured, electronica tones and effects, and yet the tunes never sound harsh or dissonant. It could be because the songs also make good use of space, as on “Summer Dress,” which employs a kind of call and response between the vocals and rhythmic industrial sounds. A warmth also comes from Nigel Evan Dennis’s tenor voice as he sings simple and evocative lyrics that juxtapose the complexities behind him. “I don’t know about the small of her back or the length of her legs, but I know you don’t love her,” he croons on “Beaches.” None of the songs scream radio friendly, yet they each contain snippets of memorable if surprising melodies. The pulsating and urgent sounding “Still Got Pull” showcases a five-note, wordless melody.
“Meat Mountain” sounds less produced than its predecessor, allowing the listener to hear more clearly all of the pieces that make up the songs. (The EP was self-produced by the Chicago-based quintet, giving more cred to their name.) The result is an album that mixes experimental sounds and layers of rhythm that embue the album with a mystical and futuristic vibe.