Depth Charge

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Opening with an appropriately booming sample of a submarine launch, Sadhappy's debut is entirely instrumental, save for some half-buried spoken word. The production on selections like "Beautiful Carol" is slick -- in fact, it's much too slick -- with heavily processed sax and a compressed ryhthm section; even so, the performances are fine. Hinklin's bass guitar work on "Full-On North" is reminiscent of King Crimson's "Frame By Frame," and is perfectly complemented by Skerik's floating sax lines. But the best song is the album's title track: "Depth Charge" explodes with an opening squall of feedback, and then eases into a strangely gloomy groove by Hinklin and Schiller.

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