Ahead Of Two Thoughts
Hailing from Melbourne, EXEK return with their sophomore release, Ahead of Two Thoughts.
With material similar to their sneering town mates The Birthday Party, EXEK’s follow up to 2016’s Biased Advice, is an extremely ambitious and somewhat diverse album that contains moments of genuine sharpness, as well as tracks of haunting beauty.
Ahead of Two Thoughts’ opening track, ‘U Mop’ sets the tone for the album. Vocalist Albert Wolski dryly claims that ‘I’m sick of every bit of your shit’ within the opening minute of the track. Direct indeed.
Ahead of Two Thoughts does contain further examples of such blunt sentiment, most notably in ‘Fluent in English’, the album’s stand out heaviest track. However, there is so much more to enjoy.
‘Elevator Etiquette’ is essentially a strange, yet enchanting dance track, whereas ‘To Medicine’ enjoys being an example of downright noisemaking.
Ahead of Two Thoughts achieves many things. As an album, it is dark, yet arty. It is haunted and stark at the same time. It is also eerie and strange throughout.
EXEK are in full control of such a rich environment. They never cut the tension; in fact, they only end up leaving the listener wanting more. Uniquely brilliant.
1. U Mop
3. Weight Loss (Henry's Dream)
4. Fluent In English
5. Prawn Watching
6. To Medicine (Biased Advice)
7. Elevator Etiquette
8. Actress Practice
Released: February 2018
Cat: W25-05 / W.25TH