The Plurals – The Plurals Today, The Plurals Tomorrow: A Futurospective

The Plurals – The Plurals Today, The Plurals Tomorrow: A Futurospective

The process of music-making is really, anyone’s best guess on what the best method truly is. Some believe a rigid enclosing of quarters for intense measures works wonders, while others prefer to sparsely record as they tour across the road. For noisy, punk-rock trio The Plurals, music has often been an explosive creative process that has found them creating new songs at a relentless pace. In the past they were compared to bands like Sonic Youth and now with The Plurals Today, The Plurals Tomorrow: A Futurospective, they’ve sharpened songs into a rougher, grittier, harsher sound.

As soon as you’re thrown into the frantic sounds of “La La La,” it’s easy to note that the album is intended to be ingested loud. The lo-fi style of the production is an intentional sound so that the trio is allowed to meld and blend their voices and corresponding instruments together. The song showcases the band around a triplet of energetic fire. Later, you get to hear more of an honest effort with “Brain” and its spotlight on female vocals to the strum of an acoustic guitar. The album thrusts itself forward with a climatic reason to be forceful and on edge but the light feel of the latter is a welcome addition.

But though there is certainly a great of energy on “Alma Mater” and its crashing, spilling drums, there is no denying that it’s merely fifty seconds of noisy fun. While one esteemed writer compared it to Zen Arcade for some reason – the latter classic spans over twenty different clashes of songs in one massive heap of blistered music – an unfortunate comparison to The Plurals Today, The Plurals Tomorrow: A Futurospective’s nine various songs is unjustly awry. Sure, The Plurals intend their music to be entirely free of pretention, to be entirely free of devotion to a rooted seriousness but there is a definite amount of overkill with the album’s overall lax method of style. Even the album’s closing moments on “Happy Songs” is the repetitive yelp of the song title against the backdrop of a steady snare and swarm of guitar feedback.

Through the cloudy makings of the songs, there is always a feeling of uneasiness throughout and it definitely shines. The drastic feel of “Run” is built around a noodling guitar duel and as the music rises to a fever pitch, everything just seems to slide down. And although the motive is to retain a vividly raw emotion of music, there shouldn’t be a lack of melodic progression for the sentiment to be felt. They surely have a richly, lively band to take hold of the challenge in order to right the ship but until then, The Plurals Today, The Plurals Tomorrow: A Futurospective is ultimately a challenging listen that places the trio’s music on a tipping scale.

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