Troldhaugen - Idio+Syncracies (Birds Robe Collective)

Fruity loops...
Release Date: 
31 Aug 2017 - 11:30pm

I honestly don't know where to start with this review. Wollongong's Troldhaugen are genius. They are incredibly skilled musicians. But they are abso-fucking-lutely finger-bitingly mental when it comes to their compositions. I mean, how the hell do you even begin to come up with song structures like these? It's like Primus meets Mr Bungle meets Zappa in bed with an 8 bit computer game soundtrack and a sackful of bizarre samples. I really like this. A lot. Opener I Ordered A Taxi Not A Taxidermy sets the tone with thick guitars and...bugger, it's changed direction already...now it's jazzy piano...ah fuck, nope. Hang on, now it's all synthy pop. Nope. It's gone again. You can't pin this stuff down. All you can do is embrace it. Right now it's doing a weird electro break...

CRISPr Me Baby One More Time starts fat then goes all funky-licious, there are xylophones going off, pompous synths and lyrics spat out in a fury. Then it stops and goes a bit 'jazz cat' - gawd, now it's gone all carnival-esque. You can't keep up with these bastards. It's brilliant and warped as fuck. They're doing a mini (four date) tour in Septemeber before pissing off to Europe - I'm quite peeved that they're not coming to Brisbane. BMX Terminator is the single and it funks out all over the place (again, there's a nice little 8 bit jig in there). It could be argued that Troldhaugen's output is inaccessible but this is only the case if you're not open to stuff that's a bit left of field. It's Morphine Time conjures a powerful 1980's vibe while also sounding (at times) like an advert for tampons. It's raunchy, baby.

Every track on here (and if you count the 30 second snippets such as Mr Troldhaugen On Politics there are 12 of them) has so many layers and differing directions that there's no chance that you'll get bored of this album any time soon - as final track P3R5P3C+iV3 M4N reminds us; it's all just a matter of perspective - but what a view...