MusicRecord Reviews

Future Ape Tapes: Pyramirrormid

If you’ve seen Future Ape Tapes lately, then you may expect nothing more of this LP than a jumble of noise. Indeed, that’s perhaps the reason you saw them in the first place: to bask in the fractured light, the hailstorm of shattered sound. No recording can ever capture that same prismatic blunt force; fortunately, Pyramirrormid offers more than the usual blissful cacophony.

Don’t fret—Donald Whitehead and Thomas Valadez (better known as Tom Visions) can still drone with the best of ‘em, and drummer Nick Givens thrashes the music forward in thrilling spasms. But on record, patterns surface above the entropy. Details that usually slip under the mix spark to the forefront, like Thom Strickland’s bleepy “Q-tar.” A snappy, dubby pattern underpins “Russian Dolls” before it drifts into a sublime stratosphere of loops and clatters. “The Man With the Eagle Eye” throbs with a steady heartbeat, while spiraling ether washes over a hollow core.

You may, by the time “Oracle in the Sky” rolls around, shift in your seat and wonder if the Apes have stretched this glorified mess a hair too long. Indeed, the closer would pack a deeper punch had it stopped with that elegiac refrain instead of devolving yet again. All in all, though, the Apes’ brand of enlightenment translates well on Pyramirrormid.  For an otherworldly respite from power riffs and melodies, look no further.


  • Tug: Cover the Earth EP Review

    (Independent Release) Here’s a case of misguided aesthetics: With a cover strewn with trash and a title nabbed from Sherwin-Williams, Tug’s debut EP seems like some slacker joke. Yet...
  • Crunchy: Crunchy EP Review

    (HHBTM) Two years ago, power trio Shade unleashed their mighty debut upon us, and hordes came a-clamoring to witness their supernova-rock. Now, fuzz-master Phelan LaVelle brings us the first...
  • Dead Neighbors: Dead Neighbors Review

    <a href=”” mce_href=””>Dead Neighbors by Dead Neighbors</a> (Independent Release) Dead Neighbors offer a lean yet noisy respite from Athens’ dude-grunge explosion. The band’s self-titled debut harkens to a more...
  • Chief Scout: See EP Review

    (Columbia) Most of the boozy debut EP from garage-rockers Chief Scout treads the usual hard rock tropes: balls-to-the-wall riffs; trash-talking about women; bluesy, Southern-fried vocals; tight, strutting rhythms. Admittedly,...