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Luder – Adelphophagia (Small Stone Recordings)

Detroit based band Luder must receive an arrogant enjoyment from self-promoting themselves as the smartest kids in the class. I could almost envision the smug smile as they conceived the name of their first album Sonoluminescence, referring to sound waves reacting on passing through a substance to create light. This trend continued on the new release Adelphophagia (a phenomenon where an embryo consumes another in utero). Upon listening to the album, as conceited as this tactic could be perceived, it is almost symbolic of the band themselves. On Adelphophagia, Luder showcases their unbridled intelligence and creativity to construct an album that is sensually textured yet approachable.

Immediately, “Never Liked You” defibrillates the album with a groovy bass backbone as illuminated guitar riffs enliven the song’s once melancholy scenery. Following quickly is the psychedelic “Astrolabe”, where Sue Lott’s (bass/vocals) brooding bass and soaring vocals create an opaque atmosphere. Imagine the stoner rock equivalent of A Perfect Circle and that is where Luder finds their musical solace. Lott’s range is far from a Maynard James Keenan, as his vocal style resides at an above whispering cadence for most tracks, but is whimsical in its execution. “One Eye” is a haunting epic with heralded guitar work from both Phil Dürr and Scott Hamilton. Late in the lengthy track, dueling guitar solos bolster up the momentum as the track slowly turns decrepit. The next song “Heartfelt” is the beginning of a three part series of downtrodden, long-winded tracks that while promising in spots, can be lethargic as pace is sacrificed for these dreary centerpieces. Adelphophagia is rejuvenated with the voluminous “Dirge”, a buoyant rhythm supported by a delicate framework that is ultimately captivating.

Adelphophagia begins to reach its final descent with the 1997 David Bowie cover “I’m Afraid of Americans”. While interesting and ambitious in its approach by replacing the industrial undertones with lustrous melody, it is no true equal to the paranoid plight of the original. The progressive clamor of “Remember What I Said” is a collective effort from Luder, not only in instrumental terms but in an impressive inhibited patience. Sprawling guitars, jabbing drums and vulnerable rustles, each broad segment’s pace is methodical and vital to the next nearing the eventual climax. Throughout the album Adelphophagia, Luder is a perplexing unit on the sluggish middle yet beyond enthralling on a strong start and mesmerizing finish. Even with its faults, Adelphophagia is a deep, expansive record that is a creative wonderland that will only transfix its intended audience.

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Cody Jones
is the weird chunky kid you barely knew in high school that could be found by the speakers at the school dance, hopelessly harassing the DJ to play some Clutch. Now he hides from his family in low-lit dive bars, sipping on a Sun King Wee Mac, waiting for some basketball game to end in the desperate hopes that they will do karaoke later. He writes music reviews for albums and live shows for Selective Memory. His reputation for strong opinions is only to conceal his deep insecurities.

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