EP Review: No Teeth's 'Black Butter'
Noise punk veterans No Teeth, released a new EP on the 18th of May, and it truly is the musical representation of a thick, black storm.
The 5-piece have taken a radical approach to this EP, and have explored a little bit more musical territory than they did in their debut offering 'Wither'.
Consisting of 3 parts, each song brings a slightly different tone to the last, which takes us as listeners on an expedition exploring the depths of the cave we will come to know as, 'Black Butter'.
The first track 'Black Butter (Part 1)' is genuinely like being engulfed in a black cloud of fuzz. Focussing mainly on peculiar sounding synths, chaotic guitars, distorted vocals and damaged malfunctioning sounds, this song enslaves you from the get go.
The vocals seem so desperate and helpless, chanted like commands. You can't help but feel obliged to obey exactly what Sam Spencer is saying (whatever he even is saying…)
The whole song seems to have this dramatic layer of angst and melancholy rage laden throughout.
Part 2 to the EP 'Stuck in the Sludge', has a slightly similar sound to the first song, however it is noticeably more slowed. The guitar riffs sound as though they could be used for snake charming as they have such a mesmerising, all consuming, effect. 'Stuck in the Sludge' carries quite a slow and swaying tempo, which only adds to the exotic vibe. The song then changes about a minute and a half of the way through, and sounds immediately more dooming and sinister, with Spencer repeating 'Stuck in the Sludge'.
The final part to the EP is a step away from the other songs. Being ultimately a lot more light and enchanting, it reminds me of music you'd expect to hear played at an old-fashioned fair-ground. 'Tear into the Bones' is the little sister of the other two tracks on 'Black Butter' in terms of aggression, however the guys still maintain their experimental aspects all the way through (such as the mono-toned vocals, synth playing and unique guitar riffs).
This song captures confusion and unknowingness, adopting a very intriguing vibe.
No Teeth have no-doubt shown a more detailed and unparalleled side of themselves in this EP. They're already known for being quite experimental in their live performances and in previous tracks, however I think that 'Black Butter' shows them yet again thinking (and creating) out of the 'box'; which makes this EP an intensely interesting and gripping listen.
'Black Butter' is an asset to No Teeth's growing discography; not only for being 'out of the box', but for also being an impressive and musically advanced EP.