unable to fully embrace this happiness
two songs

two songs’ dual tape reels spin like the used 7” you plucked from the record store’s dollar bin out of blind curiosity, sheathed in a folded sheet of purple construction paper inked with screenprints of angst-addled notebook doodles. Basement-recorded and pressed to paint-smeared cassettes, the debut solo effort of Austrian skramz triplicate unable to fully embrace this happiness is a historical re-enactment of late-90s/early-00s emotive hardcore practices and sensibilities. It’s the sort of single that’s stashed in the attic of a thousand adults in their mid-30s who were once inexorably moody and into self-publishing zines crammed with handwritten poetry — the couplet of cuts that make up this tape are timelessly oily, pheromonal bursts of adolescent frustration paved with a blacktop of fuzz pedal crust. Though released in 2016, I wouldn’t be shocked to find two songs interred deep in the annals of an obscure Blogspot-based filesharing site among Saetia bootlegs and Funeral Diner B-sides.

unable to fully embrace this happiness may revel in turn-of-the-century subculture kitsch, but their jagged riffs and sandpaper textures feel like a welcome breath of mothball-scented, powerviolence-influenced air among slicker, more shoegazey peers scattered throughout Bandcamp’s emo/screamo/skramz tags. Total America Online dial-up, Nokia 3310, mail-order hardcore split vibes streamable on the information superhighway.

Chocolate Grinder

CHOCOLATE GRINDER is our audio/visual section, with an emphasis on the lesser heard and lesser known. We aim to dig deep, but we’ll post any song or video we find interesting, big or small.

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