Boomkat Product Review:
Known for his work with Dirty Projectors, Charlie Looker fronts New York band Extra Life, an awkward beast to get your ears around if ever there was such a thing. You can hear math-rock influences, prog complexities, sludge metal low-end violence and Constellation-style freeform genre hopping at work here, but regardless of what tangent it happens to be jumping off at this album poses more questions than it answers. A confusing jumble of intervals and time signatures, there are moments when you really want to applaud this album for its audacity and technical assurance, but don't be too surprised if while working your way through one of the more discordant, lengthy numbers you find yourself confused and/or frustrated. Looker's voice has leanings towards Arthur Russell, although the lack of emotive phrasing is jarring and more than a little taxing at times. Dividing the album, 'Refrain' comes closest to an actual pop song', and closing piece 'Bled White' (sadly not an Elliott Smith cover) despite its angular acappella formatting might lure in weary ears.