Purest Spiritual Pigs, 'Body Misses'
Listening to Body Misses on CD removes it from the larger artistic concept, but the disc stands on its own. It starts with "Unsteady," a brooding song with a slow buildup. The tone is dark, with hints of pent-up frustration lying just underneath the surface. Its tension is delivered via moody synthesizer and careful use of percussion. The calculated pace of the opener is quickly replaced as it segues into "You Inspire Me," with a heavy, danceable beat and blunt, sarcastic lyrics that show a strong 90s influence somewhere between PJ Harvey and Nine Inch Nails. It's the most accessible song on the record, but Thompson's loops come from unconventional sources. This continues into "Shenti," with its hypnotic beat and repetitive chorus. On "M.J.R.," the guitars offer a more positive sound and a change of pace, but the majority of the record explores an ominous mood.
Despite jumping from plodding, explorative soundscapes to heavy drum and bass beats, the tone of Body Misses remains consistent and identifiable as coming from a single source. It plays as moody, angry, and dark music with an atmospheric bent. While there are songs that feel like distinct singles and feature big hooks, such as "You Inspire Me" and "Pick Myself Up," there are a number of toned down songs like "Three Thieves Gone" and "Burnt Through" that feel like tablesetting for a more complex project.
Appearing on Body Misses are: Helena Thompson, Lenny Gonzalez, Dorothy Wang, Natasha Hassett, N.G. Yrizarry, Susan Clausen, Umberto Crenca, Cody Bourdot.
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