Super Wolf Blood Moon – Izzy Crazy (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The artist’s name alone should have warned me that the musical ride I was about to go on was going to be anything but the usual experience. Nothing quite prepared me for this. To call Super Wolf Blood Moon, EDM or dance music is like saying that Picasso liked to paint a bit, and yes, it is forged of synth sounds and electronic samples, manipulated keyboards and all manner of sassy sonics but the way it is put together is what sets it apart from the pack.

There is little which is conventional about this album, although a wealth of bass pulses, drum beats and skittering percussion seem to anchor the music in some sort of alt-dance sound, possibly one found playing in a disused car plant where the ghosts of industrial robots and insane computer programs are trying to take control of the sound. And once such anchors are established, Izzy Crazy (very probably, yes!) is then able to hang all manner of unexpected sounds and styles on the beat structures.

Tryptamine is a searing and raucous, dystopian dance floor classic, one which is part found noise samples from a broken production-line and part the sound of dance music being re-invented using a strange blend of steam-hammers and computer code. Lone Wolf is a strange, digitalised gothic waltz, where stomps and stamps take the place of more graceful moves but which amongst the thumps, thundering and sonic threats finds its own moments of elegance, the perfect blend of power and poise, disco-dirge and demented drama. Oblivion is the soundtrack to a horror movie, though one which might at any moment find its characters bursting out into song and Virus is a pulsing, brooding, demented fight-dance.

You can tell that an album is interesting when as a reviewer you find yourself moving away from musical descriptions and find yourself painting strange scenarios and conjuring the most bizarre images to try and convey what’s going on. And when that happens you, the reader, will often find that you get to the end of reading my deranged scribblings hardly any the wiser as to the music at hand. If that is the case then the best thing to do is to immediately plunge into Super Wolf Blood Moon’s depths and just let the sonic current take you where it will. You will probably emerge hours later battered and bruised, beguiled and bemused but I can assure you that it won’t be an experience that you will forget in a hurry!

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