REVIEW: Mason Mercer – “Slobber”

masonmercerBedroom recording culture has made music very interesting. A record made by one person can get expansive in ways that wouldn’t be possible for a solo artist in a traditional studio session. It allows a lot of room for experimentation. Hopefully you come out the other side with something good. Mason Mercer’s new EP, Slobber, is an interesting example of what can be made.

Mason Mercer is definitely experimental here. Doing what, I guess, is called adventure pop, he has crafted a very dense and brooding record. It has a lot of effects and samples involved to create an interesting soundscape. He’s making songs that mix tribal sounds with modern samples. It definitely owes a debt to industrial music. Especially when it comes to the vocal delivery.

I’m not sure what this record actually is. Like, to me, it feels like a hodge podge of electronic beats, tribal beats, guitars, and brooding vocals. It is pretty far outside what I listen to, and what I cover here. So, I don’t know, it’s really just kind of a thing to me. Like, it’s sound collages with just enough rhythm and flow to be songs.

Sure, it’s interesting. It’s sort of engaging. I just don’t get it. It’s just a little too abstruse and cryptic for me. I’m glad I gave it a listen. I may not understand it, but I can appreciate it for what it is. I’d say you should give it a shot. Or don’t. I’m not a cop.

Mason Mercer

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