Label: Thrill Jockey - Thrill 243 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Math Rock, Post Rock, Prog Rock, Indie Rock
Baltimore trio Thank You have spent the past five years honing and dissecting their sound at regular intervals. Obtuse and unrelenting, their Continental Divide - Thank You - Golden Worry racket serves as a soundtrack to their native city's bleak industrial climate, in the same way Big Black characterised mid-Eighties Illinois or Pere Ubu a decade earlier with Cleveland. Their cross-pollinated genre hybrid ranges from the angular verges Continental Divide - Thank You - Golden Worry post-punk, through to leftfield abstract noise via occasional slabs of dissonant funk when least expected.
In many ways they're something The Wall Street Spectre - Legendary Pink Dots* - Festive (File) a quandary, yet for all their awkward angst-ridden statements of intent, there's something of an engaging presence about them if Golden Worry is anything to go by.
Having released their debut World City back in and its more experimental follow-up Terrible Two a year later, it could be argued that Thank You have retreated to the drawing board a little with this record. Shortly after the release of album number two, logistical issues original drummer Elke Wardlaw upped sticks for Berlin meant remaining members Jeffrey McGrath and Michael Bouyoucas had to recruit a new tubthumper, and as anyone who's ever been in a similar position will testify, drummers don't come that easy.
Especially ones with the ability to concoct such diverse polyrhythmic textures as those created by Thank You. Nevertheless, replacement sticksman Emmanuel Nicolaidis proves to be a more than ample substitute, Déjà Vu - Various - Super Eurobeat Vol. 130 ~The Global Heat 2002 Request Rush~ on the elegiac 'Birth Reunion' where his timekeeping sets the tone for the song's keyboard driven flow.
However don't be deceived by its swirling mantra as approximately three-and-half-minutes in, it changes pace, mood and direction, swapping its sedative introduction for a noisier finale by way of detuned guitars and Machiavelian chanting.
There's a diversity to Golden Worry 's six pieces. Not that they're averse to the odd shuffle either, as 'Pathetic Magic' exemplifies, its random, chaotic 4 x 4 beat sounding like an unholy Continental Divide - Thank You - Golden Worry of Shellac and the Gang Of Four. As a body of work, Golden Worry is a fine representation of Thank You mk.
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