The Gaslamp Killer
I Spit On Your Grave


3.0
good

Review

by Jacob R. STAFF
August 7th, 2012 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Zigzag, zigzag.

It’s hard to put into words exactly what I Spit In Your Grave is, because the album’s so vivid that images come to me instead. Windows rolled down in San Francisco. The summer air beating down on lovers that are simultaneously growing together and apart. An addiction taking hold on a new victim, beguiling him only to beat him into submission. The urban landscape presenting opportunity, but also betraying hope while nobody’s looking.

The Gaslamp Killer’s 2008 mixtape offers a little something for everyone, at some point at least. It begins comfortably enough, bearing easygoing funk as if it’s the most natural thing to do. I Spit On Your Grave doesn’t take long to descend into chaos, though, and alongside this shift is an impalpable darkness that takes root, spreading more and more with each passing minute. What starts off as a straightforward trip-hop mixtape evolves into something much more sinister, vicious synth-led beats that belong in a dim dancehall. The album never loses its focus, just distorts it over and over again, changing course repeatedly until it’s easy enough to forget where we began in the first place.

All in all, I Spit On Your Grave is an album that isn’t ever as important as in the moment it’s being played. Aside from the occasional catchy funk riff, it won’t stick with you in the long run. What you will remember, though, is the effect that the music here has - how it has the capacity to flash from almost indifference to mass importance in what seems like no time. I’m not sure that I’m going to listen to I Spit On your Grave again, but I can tell you it’s a journey that I don’t regret embarking upon.



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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
August 6th 2012


10202 Comments


Originally posted on http://www.muzikdizcovery.com

This is a (late) addition to WeepingBanana's Random Album contest. I got something tough, but did my best with it.

Check it out here:

http://soundcloud.com/choicecuts/gaslamp-killer-i-spit-on-your-grave

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WashboardSuds
August 6th 2012


5009 Comments


nice work

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
August 6th 2012


10202 Comments


Why thank you! This one was tough to write about

WashboardSuds
August 6th 2012


5009 Comments


I can sympathize with that, after all my assignment was this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZboJJYSIWSI&playnext=1&list=PLA6E4D1593CB53828&feature=results_video

WashboardSuds
August 6th 2012


5009 Comments


in other words, very different from anything I normally listen to

klap
Staff Reviewer
August 6th 2012


10421 Comments


i am actually on vacation in the gaslamp district right now in san diego COINCIDENCE???

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
August 6th 2012


4424 Comments


You are on fire today.


I got something tough, but did my best with it.

-Well you did an excellent job, as always. POS'd.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 7th 2012


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

gaslamp killer is the jam

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
August 7th 2012


3449 Comments


this guy is the shit live

ZedO
August 7th 2012


1096 Comments


I think it's better for this guy to name his album "untitled" too :]

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
August 7th 2012


10202 Comments


Oh god Washboard, that must be a challenge. I believe that was Riff's assignment? :P

Rudy, not a coincidence at all. The tracking device on your ankle is just doing its job, that's all. ;D

And thanks guys, it means a lot.

chitownflip
October 24th 2013


173 Comments


Pretty good album



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