Boomkat Product Review:
Manny outlier Sockethead follows his Michael J. Blood collab ‘Eating Late’ with a new bullet for YOUTH, a mini album of rugged club shapes x lilting moods on the downstroke.
More bolshy and emotional than any of his gear so far, it opens with martial drums, subs and Detroit pads on ‘Sian’, into the more spasmodic bosh of ‘Walking On Clouds Slowly Sinking’, a peaktime joint bent out of shape via exaggerated mentasms and a tempered vocal like some Actress x John Cooper Clarke session.
‘I'm Losing My Fingers’ harnesses a different energy, wrapping motorik drums around that aggy vocal like some Suicide outtake, while the two “still life” parts are beautiful piano-led concrète/field recording vignettes, and ‘Make Myself Cry’ is a stunning trip hop roll.
Jack of all trades, master of many of them, ‘Drenched Worlds Fall Apart’ is probably the most fully formed and rinsable Sockethead yet, an impressive feat of imagination and execution that places him alongside Michael J. Blood and Rat Heart at the forefront of the anything-goes/DIY thing going through a golden moment in the city right now.