Boomkat Product Review:
Anticon has been moving steadily towards indie music in the last few years - I guess it was always on the cards but few could have anticipated how drastic the move would be. This isn't just your common or garden indie however, this is indie rock as seen through the eyes of a jaded hip-hopper, indie rock re-wired for the net generation, and that can't be a bad thing can it? Thee More Shallows were once a proper indie band, you know, singy songy, jingly jangly - but here they have been assimilated into the Anticon world and have added an arsenal of new effects and styles to their armoury. The first and most evident change is the fact that the vocals are now almost rapped rather than sung in the usual indie style, I don't mean proper rapping - but similar to Why (most notably on the 'Elephant Eyelash' album). In fact Why is a very good comparison as his album had a similar leaning towards the indier, rockier side of the tracks, this is almost the opposite, an already indie sound leaning towards the hippier hoppier side. It kind of works too - not always too successfully but the band are trying something different and are clearly experimenting with the forms that they had perfected, which is always good. The production is the next thing that stands out : this is overdriven, distorted, crunchy and dense - sort of like if El-P produced an indie record, for want of a better explaination. However in the mire of modern production and hip-hop leanings this is still intrinsically indie rock, and the melodies, hooks and lyrics are still intact - so fans of the band's previous two records shouldn't get worried at all, they should just be happy that Thee More Shallows are able to shake things up so effortlessly. For now Thee More Shallows are here to show us that Anticon's indie-rock revolution is more than just a natural progression.