An intensely strange hybrid Warganization drags the listener into their own peculiar universe on “Inauguration”. Experimental, techno, trap, noise, downtempo, jazz, and a whole slew of other approaches merge to form their own musical language. The multi-faceted, origami-like style they concoct adds to the surreal nature of the journey. Lyrics further highlight the oddity of their exploration, for they remain very much on the abstract side of things. Here however they also offer a bit of respite from their typically brutal sound, as a few of these songs have almost hypnotic, hypnagogic pop leanings to them that ensure that easy pigeonholing becomes outright impossible. By far the joy of the trip comes from how totally unexpected the twists and turns are, of how they seem to find glee in completely confounding the listener.
References abound and cover a wide swath. On the brutal side of things, they touch upon the intense beat workouts of Container’s work on Spectrum Spools. The screamed lyrics recall some of Trent Reznor’s anguish on “The Downward Spiral” for there is a fire that drives the whole of the work forward. For the jazz kick, they take a page from the short-lived group Ambulance Ltd for the gentler side of their style, as the laid-back grooves have a great depth to them. Finally, for the lo-fi pop aesthetic they incorporate some of the woozy electronics of Outer Limits Recordings and Sam Mehran’s otherworldly concoctions.
The title track and by far the harshest track on the entire collection comes the pure aural assault that is “Inauguration”. Vocals scream on through going deep into the red. Grooves are crafted out of literal static and scree, for there is a clear-eyed razor-sharp no wave aesthetic to it. Existing in a parallel dimension the easy-going “Running” has a mellowed groove with more than a slight jazzy quality to it, for the chords possess a great deal of luxury to them. Keyboards feature a great amount of detail, with the melody showing off their uncanny knack for crafting infectious hooks. Sort of splitting the difference between the two tracks is the surreal scope of “It Used to Be Alright” where the vocals have a certain desperation to them, one that embodies a sense of pure yearning. Serving as a sort of full cycle to their journey is the closing instrumental version of “Inauguration”.
Warganization prove to be deft samplers and arrangers of the highest caliber on the beguiling yet uniquely catchy kick of “Inauguration”.
It drops March 5th (tomorrow) and can be found here: