Album Review: Aiming For Enrike – ‘Las Napalmas’

[1/5 qmunistars]

Norway is perhaps most famous for its extraordinary amount of quality heavy metal bands; black metal, to be precise. DJ and producer Kygo is another one of their musical successes.  In addition to this, there are also two guys in a rehearsal room in Oslo – one with a drum, one with a guitar – called Aiming for Enrike. To what musical genre they belong is unclear, as their songs include everything from funk to post-punk. Aided by a number of interconnected guitar amps and a series of loop and effect pedals, they have created sounds that could not possibly have been created by only two people. While (some of ) it is certainly danceable and exciting, as a whole it feels more like exploding factory mechanism or an extreme internal clash.

Debut album Las Napalmas opens with a minute of a car crash in noise – screeching guitars, distorted electronic noise and heavy drums. It sounds very much like the album cover: a mash of bright purple, red and pinks, with flying limbs, mountains smiling at a sail boat, thunderbolts and a wee dog to name but a few of the illustrations. To be honest, I desperately skipped to the end of the track for the sake of my aching head. But this is only the beginning of a musical whirlwind – even songs that start out as comfortable electronic songs, such as ‘Lagoon’ and ‘Frontrunner’ (the latter with a delicious beat), eventually intensify into madness.

Described as a “to be or not to be” project both for the listeners and the band, I definitely pick the latter option.

[Aike Jansen]

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