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Clip’d Beaks
To Realize - LOVEPUMP
FILTER Grade: 79%

By Lauren Barbato on February 23, 2010

 

Clip’d Beaks

If there was such a thing as an auditory grab bag of seemingly unrelated sounds, Clip’d BeaksTo Realize would be that bottomless sack. The long-awaited follow-up to the noise-rock group’s 2007 Hoarse Loads EP, To Realize is a rambunctious experiment in dissonance that steadily builds in chaos rather than energy. To Realize starts off with a soaring yet simultaneously ominous cacophony complete with never-ending drone, and remains that way until the more upbeat “Broke Life.” Variation surfaces with the lulling “Desert Highway Music,” creating a new wave of shoegaze with its dreamy reverb and smooth vocals, while the following “Jamn” stokes To Realize’s much-needed flame with its racing, somewhat tribal percussion, albeit too late in the album. Despite the album’s relentless and, at times, irritating drone and distortion, To Realize is not a static listen—just unforgivably moody.

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