Deathpodal is the moniker of Glasgow based multi-instrumentalist Alastair J. Chivers, and Exu__Wow is his debut release. Recorded in various locations across Scotland, as well as the streets of Prague it also features members of Copy Haho, PVH and cellist Rachel Lind.
The EP is, quite frankly, all over the place and a bit mental. In all the best possible ways.
Trying to describe it is a bit like trying to chase smoke. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on it, there’s a swift change of gears, or a sudden change of direction, regularly all within the same song.
One minute things are fairly melodic and mellow, the next thing you know it’s like a fistfight in the kitchen between Fugazi and Sonic Youth, with Frank Carter from Gallows on running commentary, then there’s another shift and you are hiding in a cupboard in a David Lynch film.
With so much going on and with so many ideas being thrown around this could be a horrible mess, but there’s just enough restraint shown that the EP is constantly interesting rather than annoying.
A bloody nightmare to describe, but fantastic to listen to. You can stream the EP on MySpace and last.fm, so go and have a listen for yourself. Me? I love it.