Slint, Red Sparrowes, Mono
Spanning just 12 minutes and four songs, we were expecting this one to
pack a punch and get to the heart of what is Spencer Bassett's vision.
Spencer, by the way, is a teenage multi instrumentalist having developed
this short project under the name Flicker Rate. To be blunt we agree the
lad is talented but frankly we are not here to judge him based on his
age level or peer group. Rather we are here to opine on how Flicker Rate
compares to other bands in the post-rock genre. In a nutshell Flicker
Rate's debut album is mediocre at best. There are no flashes of
brilliance as things pretty much stay middle of the road.
one, "Valhalla," is perhaps the best of the four tracks. The bass
undercurrent provides the most interesting aspect as we found ourselves
fixated on the unique tones.
The second track, "Evident," is
highlighted by some double bass drum action and has a metal appeal to
it. While Flicker Rate has been categorized in the math rock genre we
don't quite see it. The change-ups are not frequent enough and things
scurry along more a kin to post rock
"Small Sun" is a big let
down. The track is quite directionless and the percussion becomes a bit
monotonous. We feel hostage waiting for the guitar to burst into a
notion of clarity, but it just doesn't happen.
"Elusive Rain" features meandering guitar melodies that again go
absolutely nowhere. The one bright spot within this track is the unique
percussion and rhythms that eek out little glimpse of math rock but
again not enough change-ups to be really categorized math rock in our
As a music enthusiast you have many choices in the post
rock world. It feels like new bands are popping up every other day.
While we give credit to the very young Spencer Bassett and his certain
to be bright future, the reality is he needs several years under his
belt to develop into a more intriguing composer. Quality song structure
is so vital to delivering a high-end post rock product. - 3/29/2016
Standout Tracks: Valhalla