STRFKR: Being No One, Going Nowhere (Polyvinyl) Review | Under the Radar - Music Magazine

STRFKR

Being No One, Going Nowhere

Polyvinyl

Nov 30, 2016 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share


STRFKR hits cosmic heightsquite literallyon its psychedelic/celestial fourth album, Being No One, Going Nowhere. In the last decade or so, the Portland group has been unsuccessful in maintaining a low profile. Despite it's almost un-pigeonhole-able music and its provocative name, STRFKR has broken through, and never more so than on, Being No One, Going Nowhere. Naming the album after a popular meditation book by Ayya Khema, STRFKR's central figure, Joshua Hodges, whose vision Being No One, Going Nowhere is, has it grounded in Eastern philosophies. To tap into these, he decamped to Joshua Tree, and like so many before him, found his muse in the desert.

This doesn't make Being No One, Going Nowhere a heavy album to take on, rather, it plays like an anti-dark version of Mercury Rev's Deserter's Songs. Groove-driven and lush, this is the prettiest and happiest of STRFKR's albums. Synths direct all the moodswhich are primarily of the dance varietyfrom the slinky rhythms of "In the End" to the understated electro textures of the seductive "When I'm With You," and the angular moodiness of "Something Ain't Right." It is the intoxicating album opener, "Tape Machine," that exemplifies Being No One, Going Nowhereeasily the most self-realized STRFKR has been. (www.strfkr.com)

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