Yowie
Cryptooology


3.0
good

Review

by STOMP THE MUDS USER (5 Reviews)
August 26th, 2007 | 13 replies | 4,156 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cryptooology is an attention-deficit child's favorite comic book thrown into an amplifier and puked back out.

4 of 5 thought this review was well written

When Yowie formed in 2001, they had one goal in mind: to free music and its given tools from each other. To accomplish this task, the St. Louis trio took a seemingly complicated and mathematical approach, distancing themselves from typical meters and conventionally pleasant tonalities through geometric relationships and randomly generated integers, among other compositional methods. The result is an album that only Gigantopithecus australis could fully appreciate.

Yowie's sound on their debut, Crytpooology can be inadequately summarized as the birthchild of Captain Beefheart and Arab on Radar. Like the former, Yowie vigorously practice and tighten their music; in fact, the album was recorded over the period of three years since they formed. The band's more noisy tendencies come from the latter, with seemingly "detuned" guitars providing the occassional psychotic blast of sheer volume. Throw some math rock into this primordial ooze, and you get the essential components of Yowie's sound.

However inaccessible Cryptooology may seem, it is important to note that the album becomes easier to digest with every listen. There are even some quasi-hooks buried in this mathematical goop, such as several moments (including the opening measures) of the six-minute "Tara," as bizarre as it may appear to sound. "Towanda" features plenty of stuttering rhythms and constantly-moving guitar work. There's even a somewhat mellow section near the end, if you could call it that. They seem to have a sense of humor though, whether it be through their album cover or song titles using stereotypical Afriacn-American names such as "Tamika" and "Tenesha".

Yowie's attempt to deconstruct music that they find repetitive has led them to create something that, on the surface, isn't much different from groups that bore them. This great irony prevents Cryptooology from being a truly enjoyable experience; despite fractured seconds of volume change, there still seems to be a significant lack of comprehensible dynamics. Maybe if one spent a day in the mind of drummer Shawn O'Connor, this work would be easier to latch onto. After all, he was just finishing work for his Ph.D in psychology when Cryptooology was released.


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Altmer
August 26th 2007



5652 Comments


It feels like something is missing in this review, but I can't quite pinpoint what.

blackmilk
August 26th 2007



584 Comments


listen to the album.

Zebra
Moderator
August 26th 2007



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is one of the few "math-rock" albums that I actually enjoy. There's never a dull moment.

embroglio
August 26th 2007



219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i'm glad someone reviewed this, it is a great album.

711
August 26th 2007



1341 Comments


birthchild of Captain Beefheart and Arab on Radar

Sounds pretty fucked up.
Good review, this sounds interesting.

The Jungler
August 26th 2007



4827 Comments


great review, not sure I'll ever listen to this though.

La Revolucion
August 27th 2007



1060 Comments


Really awkward ending on the review. It feels like there should be something more conclusive.

blackmilk
August 27th 2007



584 Comments


i know, but dont really care

La Revolucion
August 27th 2007



1060 Comments


Figures.

Thanks
August 27th 2007



9 Comments


This album rules.

JoinSputnik
September 16th 2011



28 Comments


All i hear is detuned covers of calculating infinity when i listen to this. I bet my life that they at least stole 4 things from it.

Mendross
September 20th 2013



383 Comments


detuned covers of calculating infinity ... sounds good to me

Digging: Godflesh - Pure

Mendross
September 20th 2013



383 Comments


detuned covers of calculating infinity ... sounds good to me



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