8 Tracks: To Strive to with Sharp Veins

A wild mind and an outlandish take on music makes Sharp Veins a breath of fresh air.

8 Tracks: To Strive to with Sharp Veins

A wild mind and an outlandish take on music makes Sharp Veins a breath of fresh air.

What do you know about apocalyptic music? 

Sharp Veins released one of this years most out there albums which kindly represents the insanity of 2020 in the truest of senses. At times there are beautiful moments found delicately poised across an album which is hard to place. In other moments, Sharp Veins aka Harrison King, goes all out destroyer in an attempt to damage minds and ears with huge evil soundscapes and noise. It is the juxtaposition between this approach which makes ‘Armor Your Actions Up In Quest’ a wholeheartedly interesting listen, one which reflects reality as it is rather than what it might be. 

He himself described the album as follows:

“I revisited and analysed new and old records, most of which weren’t electronic, front to back, and eventually, I figured, ‘fuck it, I might as well elucidate sonic intentions’: I wanted to make conspicuously plastic, garbled and mismatched music; pieces that, added together, amounted to something garish and bursting. These cartoonish versions of established and appreciated rock ‘n’ metal tropes are reduced to their strata, mixed and matched, strained to MIDI and forcibly ripped and pasted back together with no regard for tastefulness. It seemed like a good way to at once overcome writer’s block and turn my nose up at the notions of musical purity that were consistently giving me fits of imposter syndrome.”

With a narrative as wild as that we asked him to pick some records he likes and write about them, which he does in eight below:

Buy the release HERE

Bladee - Noblest Strive

Every year I get into a thing or two I wouldn’t have expected to get into. This year it was country and Bladee. Exeter and 333 both rule, but the latter is just so relentlessly uplifting (I take pause when I see that word but here it’s really true) that I could’ve made this strive song list exclusively out of selections from it. ‘Noblest Strive’ features some real cinematic, crossing-the-finish-line-cresting-the-hill production courtesy of White Armor & Mechatok, and Bladee’s lyrics just embody the feeling of peeling oneself off the ground after being slapped down.

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