Recognizer brings an unflinchingly beautiful intensely felt form of math rock with “This Conversation is Echolocation”. Genre-wise there is a neat mixture of post-rock, hardcore mixed with a distinct punk ethos. The defiance of the entire album lends it a righteousness one that guides the entirety of the narrative along. Volume deserves to be blasted for theirs is a true force of nature crushing everything in their path. A passionate glance emerges from these tracks, made possible by the powerful vocals that rise above the rest of the din.
The elegance of their delivery matched alongside the heavier impulses bring to mind a polished Squirrel Bait. With impeccable math rock chops, they bring into the fray some of the off-kilter rhythms of Polvo. Stopping and starting on a dime means that they are heavily indebted to that classic early post-rock flavor, for their guitar work has an exceptional spidery quality to it, woven together into this perfect tapestry. Nods to more aggressive bands come from their clever usage of distortion and tribal drumming at times, which helps to give the whole experience a visceral charge.
Opening strong with the cryptic “The Panic” they set the tone quickly. Interplay here has so much strength and the way they let the sound churn on through has a wild-eyed presence to it. Fantastic transition to “Locus of Control” they bring some psychedelic elements into the mix for the atmosphere becomes much dreamier. Pure adrenaline enters into the equation on the economical groove of “The Takedown” where the bass brings a bit of Ui’s spirit into the fray. A wonderful growth of the sound occurs on the fiery “Move”. Spacious with a gigantic grace “Bite the Bullet” the clever guitar rhythm underpinning it all, makes it the true highlight of the album serving as its beating heart. Working itself into a rage “Cave-in” features a take-no-prisoners approach, for they swing through with a sense of pure undeniable threat, a defiance that flows into their very lyricism. Going for a contemplative tone “The Emperor’s New Mind” takes its time, with the meditative cadence of the work helping to underpin the unusually large number of samples thrown in. Pure chaos gets unleashed with the feral “Fuse, Meet Match!”. Expansive with a reflective element “Wait, Son” brings the whole of the journey to a careful close.
“This Conversation is Echolocation” shows Recognizer’s power in drawing from the past while creating a sound that very much captures the zeitgeist.