Simian Crease - Tiger
- Artist: Simian Crease
- Album: Tiger
- Label: unsigned
- Year of Release: 2012
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- Reviewed by: carlita on 2012-11-10
Visiting Simian Crease's Bandcamp page, one gets a glimpse of the man (Mike Miles) on Tiger's album cover holding the interesting zen-like yellow (piggybank-looking?) pig. The band name words themselves make reference to primates or the lines on your palms read by fortunetellers, which add to the mystery. Links to free songs behind abstract photos of items in nature and urban settings may pique the listener's curiosity on what experimental rock treasures exist underneath.
Projecting a resigned, underground theatrical take on the world, regrets on "No Tiger" and exposed wounds from love and life games on "Vultures" and intergalactic Ziggy Stardust-like "(More or Less) Murder", I wasn't sure if I'd have to break out the Kleenex for the rest of the record. However synthesizers, addicting cymbal rhythms, 80's drum machine beats and a melodic flute on "Monkey vs. Tiger" take the album in a brighter direction suddenly. Desiring a flaming, burning star on "Catch A Comet" and convincing his true love to stay together as two "moving, big black boxes" which will remain if the outside world disintegrates, provide ephemeral rays of light in a dank alt-rock cosmic universe.
Will the heart and head line meet in that simian palm crease to deliver the warped but happy ending for the "tragic two, forever in love"? Perhaps. Listen for yourself and "maybe then you'll understand".
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