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El Socialismo

Out now

Crazy, spastic electronic music isn't for everyone. There's no discernable melody and the progressions are as predictable as the Tea

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Forget Nirvana and Pearl Jam -- Nonnon Has Arrived And It Sounds Like A Schizophrenic Robot Factory Tripping On Smiley Pills

nonnon.jpg
nonnon

El Socialismo

Out now

Crazy, spastic electronic music isn't for everyone. There's no discernable melody and the progressions are as predictable as the Tea Party. But what El Socialismo lacks in predictability -- or any form of coherency, for that matter -- it makes up with sheer talent.

The beats and drops are powerful and perfectly placed, bouncing and bopping all over the place. This is musical anarchy at it's finest, with a huge middle finger to anyone who likes their music with a 4/4 rock beat, a sing-along chorus and a Diet Coke.

The 15-track aural slaughterfest opens with "K9D": a four-minute digital ditty that sounds like it was manufactured and hammered into place by a fleet of robots. It's dark and thorny, with layers upon layers of truly "electronic" sounds.

But that machine-like sensation doesn't stop with "K9D" -- it seeps into nearly every crevice of the album. "100100010000100000" and "1970 Was a Hard Year" sound like a manufacturing line in a massive factory. What makes the El Socialism so alluring, however, is its identity. It's chaotic and ruthless and schizophrenic, but it's very in-tune with its own direction and purpose. This is music to blast while running on the treadmill, or cruising down the highway, or under the influence of any pill with a smiley face on it.

Ultimately, nonnon's biggest strength is also its biggest weakness. You have to be in the right mood to get mind-raped by digital robot music. This isn't something to unwind to after a long day of work, or to play softly at night while you fall asleep. The album's replay value is a tad on the novelty side, unless you're the type of person who is almost always coming down from something.

If that's the case, grab a friend or two and a few bottles of water.

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