Photo courtesy of the Bromleys.
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Picking apart the sounds of Gibberish and penning them to paper is a bit like attempting to speak the band’s namesake. It all ends up falling apart and swirling together in a nonsensical medley of goo.
But it’s sticky in a beautiful, this-is-going-to-take-repeated-listening-to-absorb kind of way. For proof throw on a pair of headphones and drift off to their debut album, Winter Coat. Drum loops bend, twist, and crackle; swinging pendulums that cast echoes and distortions off of a landscape that seems to shift before the ears have time to catch up.
It’s hard to tell what’s organic and what isn’t when everything is generated to be equal parts foreign. Jangling guitars bleed into synthesizers slowly rising out of the mix. Even the vocals sound like they could have been beamed to Earth from a distant planet. Reverb spanked vocal chords mutate faster than chameleons performing a striptease.
So where exactly are these bizarre sounds coming from?
Perhaps not where you might expect–it appears as though the aliens have landed somewhere in the backcountry of North-West Arkansas, close to a town called Fayetteville.
Yet it’s not entirely fair to give extra-terrestrials credit for this remarkable debut record. The real hat goes off to Derek and Lorie Bromley. You might have heard the married couple before under the moniker “monsterheart,” but it was really just a brief stint on the way to this tried-and-true project.
What’s really remarkable is the veracity with which Gibberish has come together; an astounding two months before the release of Winter Coat.
Listening to Gibberish, it becomes clear that the real cosmic meat and potatoes are the many rhythms achieved in tandem. In this sense, as Derek explains, the vocals and guitars are simply an afterthought.
But enough words, check out the tunes for yourself!
And don’t forget to check out the Discovery Artist feature on Gibberish!
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