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Boomkat Product Review:
At this point Zach Hill is probably better known as a collaborator than as a solo artist. As ‘lead drummer’ with Hella, Marnie Stern and Wavves, among others, he has turned heads worldwide with his delirious drumming style which manages to come off like a funky love child of Lightning Bolt and John Stanier, or both at once. Either way his drumming often manages to outshine the performers he plays with, so a solo jaunt is always a treat, and ‘Face Tat’ might just be Hill’s most convincing effort to date. Apparently the recordings began with a well-mined set of source sounds – a smashed telly here, some splashing wee on collected issues of Rolling Stone magazine there. Yep, that really happened and although it might be pretty difficult to hear over the clatter of drums, echoing vocals and staccato melodies it’s frankly good to know it’s even there. From all this, you'll probably think ‘Face Tat’ is going to be a challenging listening experience, and although it is almost impenetrably dense at times, it never nudges into unlistenable noisepunk territory. Somehow Hill injects these short compositions with a punk-patented form, holding them back any time they threaten to descend into comic nonsense or self-satisfied drivel. The result is an album that is equal parts experimental and poppy, with tunes (really) that just about manage to get lodged in the brain cavity long enough for you to reach for the repeat button. The collision of genres is frankly enviable, and any musician who can write a song called ‘Ex-Ravers’ that sounds like a rave, a musique concrete recital and a Black Dice show at once has to be applauded. Highly recommended.