A SERIES OF SHORT REVIEWS: Tonetta, Dustin Wong, Shrag

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Tonetta – 777

Tonetta has a debut album. TONETTA HAS A DEBUT ALBUM. It’s an album so twisted, so weird and sexually perverted and it actually transcends those usually insurmountable obstacles and becomes simply an album full of great songs. Helped along by some remastering magic from David Vandervelde (who working from songs recorded on amazingly crappy recording equipment and VHS recorders over 25 years) Tonetta’s ‘777’ is a sprawling exploration of a -more than likely- mentally ill man’s career in music and sex. It’s quite amazing.


P.S that song above was written for me and fellow Misc.Music writer JT on the fake premise that we would record a TV show, our very finest moment.


Dustin Wong – Infinite Love

‘Infinite Love’ is an album seemingly designed to promote the use of quality headphones and the virtues of being awake at unreasonably hours in the morning, it’s compromised of two full album length ‘compositions’ written entirely on guitar. Call it Godspeed You! Black Emperor with too much sugar and a few guitars laying around or call it a sometimes gloriously effective mixture of Indian, Chinese and western influences. In fact, don’t call it either of those things because they aren’t catchy and don’t make much sense. It does lose points for it’s iTunes ordering (split into 30 tracks for easier navigation) because it really does fuck with your shuffle and Last.FM count.

Does it sound like I’m nitpicking? I am.


Shrag – Life! Death! Prizes!

Shrag have taken what they consider to be their first stab at a ‘proper’ LP (them considering their debut to be closer to a collection of songs rather than a fully formed effort), and behind all the conventions of post-punk influenced British indie rock their songwriting skills have grown rapidly. ‘Their Stats’ is a exemplary slice of the genre and ‘The Habit Creep’ combines ludicrous amount of sex offender tension with intelligent vocal turns before busting out into a chorus crafted out of pure passion. Sadly not every song stands out for multiple listens, the album often falls into a slightly predictable lul, which is a shame. Shrag still have more to give, I’m sure of it.