A horrible hack

The Skull Defekts

Dances in Dreams of the Known Unknown

Year Released: 2014
Format: CD
Label: Thrill Jockey
Reviewed by Captain Fidanza on Mar 21, 2014
“Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don't know.”

This flawless logic from D.H.Rumsfeld seems, with the benefit of hindsight, to be more than sufficient reason to illegally invade two Middle-Eastern sovereign states, murder tens of thousands of innocent people, obliterate the infrastructures of both countries and systematically destroy the very fabric of their societies before paying ourselves billions to rebuild both places whilst all the time overseeing the largest theft of natural resource in history - nothing unknown about that.

But, to finer things and thankfully we no longer have to worry about the carnage and bloodshed which A.C.L. Blair signed us up for prior to taking up his position as a Middle-Eastern peace envoy, because there are lots of other things which are far more important, like The Grammy Awards and televised celebrity diving.

The Skull Defekts are a Swedish group who sound as though they like early Sonic Youth very, very much. Fortunately for them, I like early Sonic Youth too, particularly the album “Sister” which this record seems to be a distant cousin of. Discordant, angular guitaring melded with eternally circular drum patterns, soundtrack the distorted, feedback-soaked grumbling of someone who probably didn’t buy the first Fountains of Wayne album when it came out in 1996.

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