Not quite, as one might expect, a taster for the full-length Nowonmai, which came out later in 2005, the two-track EP The Exorcist is an odd little experiment that stands on its own merits. The title track is a non-album exclusive that shares little with the languid atmospherics of Nowonmai; nominally based on the main theme from Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells (which was used as the haunting theme music for the 1974 horror classic The Exorcist), "The Exorcist" almost unrecognizably transforms its source material. After a long, nearly inaudible intro, that familiar theme is both sped up and fuzzed out, sounding less like the original than like something the Italian goth metal '70s soundtrack faves Goblin would come up with if their brief was to evoke early Black Sabbath. (Listen to the very end, where a shouted, distorted voice -- perhaps the first to appear on one of the Timeout Drawer's records -- provides a close to the cryptic title of the forthcoming album.) Following this atypically metallic sprint, an early version of "Bursting with Tears, I Commit to Destroying You" (a longer, more serene version of which is one of Nowonmai's centerpiece tracks) continues to amp up the band's noise rock side, sounding here more like the shredded, aggressive side of Godspeed You Black Emperor! More of a quirky side trip than anything else, The Exorcist reveals a heretofore mostly hidden harsh side to the Timeout Drawer's space rock.
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