Cutting Pink With Knives
Populuxxe


4.5
superb

Review

by Mort. CONTRIBUTOR (53 Reviews)
April 28th, 2014 | 40 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The 16 tracks Populuxxe provides you with should be more than enough to sate anyone’s hunger for some fun electro-grind.

A band’s name can say a lot about the style of music they play. For example, the name Pig Destroyer certainly conjures up the image of a violent, hateful band (as they are). Anal Cunt couldn’t be mistaken for a reggae outfit. Sometimes, a band chooses a name that fits their sound so perfectly, you can’t imagine them being called anything else and Cutting Pink With Knives does exactly that. The name doesn’t make any sense and neither do they. Over the short 24 minute run-time of Populuxxe, CPWK liberally mix a variety of electronic styles with the style of “grind” often attributed to bands such as The Locust, Some Girls and Genghis Tron. And surprisingly, this odd mash-up works.

Speaking of which, Genghis Tron are probably the band with the closest sound to CPWK. But while Genghis Tron often brought their electronic component to the forefront of their songs, letting the pulsating synth become the focus, CPWK are much more content to mix their electronic influences fully into the mix, rarely letting it stand by itself. Upbeat keyboard pieces sprinkled generously over soaring guitars and hoarse, joyful vocals permeate most of the album. When they let the electronics stand on their own, it’s usually only for a few seconds, a burst of erratic grind followed by an even shorter burst of trancelike synth. Fortunately, this results in the album rarely, if ever, losing its momentum.

A variety of electronic styles are displayed on Populuxxe. Light techno beats are interspersed with piano melodies before being traded off for poppy synth and rapid cyber-grind blastbeats. The styles weave in out of each other almost seamlessly. One second the track is charging on full speed ahead with the drums going at inhuman levels, the next a light beat comes in with playful, poppy, catchy guitars and synth complimenting the change in tone. The vocalist, Chris Aboti, also changes his technique to compliment the tone change, switching out long shouts/screams for short blissful yelps.

Populuxxe seems imbued with some sort of positive philosophy. Chris, constantly sounds overjoyed throughout the album. It’s as if his best friend just ran into the room to tell him some sort of life affirming news and then he went off to record the album. His somewhat confident sounding woops of “yeah!” and “whoa” add an inspirational feel to the album, reassuring you that everything’s just fine and you can basically do anything. Chris’s vocal style is most appropriately described as a sort of hoarse shout or yelp, and it matches the upbeat instrumentation, not being too hoarse or heavy as to sound depressive, and light enough to sound joyful.

Lyrically, Chris seems obsessed with science. Every track mentions at least something to do with physics, space and electricity. While the lyrics aren’t especially introspective, nor do they make any significant observations on politics or the society in which we live, they can be quite clever and the themes suit the fast paced keyboard-grind perfectly. The album ends up sounding like the soundtrack to a science fuelled romp through the cosmos. The blast beats get faster, uplifting mathy guitars fill the air, the song approaches warp speed and Chris starts shouting the word “COSMOS” frantically.

However, Populuxxe isn’t all fun and games. While most of the album does seem to dwell in light hearted musings, occasionally a hint of something deeper can be heard. Chris sounds melancholy and almost introspective at some points throughout the album. Not in an overly sad way, but in more of a retrospective things-have-happened-but-now-things-are-fine way, drawing on elements of nostalgia. This mainly all comes across through the spacy keyboards and twinkly guitars that pop up every once and awhile. This benefits the album as it allows Populuxxe to stay positive, while having an added layer of depth.

Overall, Populuxxe is a pretty unique album. The varying electronic styles matched with the lighter side of grind makes for an extremely strange experience. Populuxxe is bright, happy and weird, all the while being pretty damn consistent. However, due to nearly all of the tracks lasting under 2 mins, Populuxxe can seem a bit rushed at times, leaving the listener desiring something a bit more substantial to sink their teeth into. This is the only negative point I can find on the album, and the 16 tracks Populuxxe provides you with should be more than enough to sate anyone’s hunger for some fun electro-grind.



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Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
April 27th 2014


13356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah, I guess I did.



first review people, feedback is obviously welcome

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erizen826
April 27th 2014


852 Comments


Great review. Checking this out now. Kicks ass so far. Pos'd.

Judio!
April 27th 2014


8404 Comments


Woah, a mortimusprime review! :]

Very nice review, but here are a few things I noticed:

"conjures up the image of a violent hateful band (as they are)"
-needs a comma between violent and hateful

"Cutting Pink with Knives does exactly that."
-This is a fragment, not a sentence. Make sure your sentences are complete thoughts. To fix this, combine this sentence with the one following or preceding it. Also, "with" should be capitalized.

"They don’t seem to care either."
-Fragment, not a complete thought. I'll stop point out the sentence fragments but you have quite a lot of them. They aren't too hard to spot, I'd suggest going through your review again and fixing them up, would make this a much less awkward read.

"And surprisingly, this odd mash-up works."
-Try not to start sentences with "and."

"This is however the only negative point I can find on the album, and the 16 tracks Populuxxe provides you with should be more than enough to sate anyone’s hunger for some fun electro-grind."
-Add commas around "however" or just take out the work. Also, the comma after "album should be a semicolon, or you should just split this up into two sentences.

All in all, really great review for your first, so here's a pos. A lot of basic things to work on but it was an interesting read. Will definitely have to give this a listen sometime.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
April 28th 2014


13356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0



@Judio, thanks man, you made some good points I edited it





But that whole "starting a sentence with and" thing is debatable, a lot of writers do it and see it as totally acceptable.



YakNips
April 28th 2014


18944 Comments


sweet!

Will definitely check this out

Judio!
April 28th 2014


8404 Comments


@mortimus: Starting a sentence with "and" can work, but too many people use it incorrectly. In your case it worked decently, but was still kind of awkward. Just be careful that your sentences are complete thoughts, for example:

incorrect:
"This album has both m/ riffs. And packs quite a punch."

correct:
"This album has both m/ riffs, and packs quite a punch."

Just sounds better imo. Don't have to take my advice, but I'm sure you've given me good feedback in the past so I'm trying to return the favor.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
April 28th 2014


13356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"Just sounds better imo. Don't have to take my advice, but I'm sure you've given me good feedback in the past so I'm trying to return the favor."



oh you are returning the favour man, I get what you meant and I agreed with a lot of your points and changed it. im going to start reviewing now, so its good to have more pointers

Judio!
April 28th 2014


8404 Comments


Glad to hear, dude! Looking forward to reading your next review.

stranger
April 28th 2014


803 Comments


cutting P!nk with knives has always been something of a fantasy of mine

CalculatingInfinity
April 28th 2014


7691 Comments


Good job Mort, hoping for more.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
April 28th 2014


13356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@CalcInfinity thanks man!!!

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
May 3rd 2014


13356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thank you decay

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
May 3rd 2014


13356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

its pretty sick. short, weird and happy

BMDrummer
May 4th 2014


14080 Comments


Pretty good first review, much better than my first.

danielito19
January 6th 2015


11930 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

good review esp for a first. if you like this group, check Bubblegum Octopus. BgO does this style a lot better.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
January 6th 2015


13356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah thanks man. will check BgO



what didnt you like about this?

danielito19
January 6th 2015


11930 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I feel like the majority of the ideas here weren't really fully developed; there are some awesome moments spread through the record, but they're bogged down by a lot of what feels like filler. the fact that this is grind-related helps keep the length of useless tracks to a minimum but when a 24-minute album feels too long there's a problem.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
January 6th 2015


13356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

understandable



i just listened to bubblegum octopus. love it, will defintely be checking it out fully soon, may write a review for it aswell

Grand
June 17th 2015


79 Comments


I shall 'pos' this review.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
June 17th 2015


13356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thank you good sir



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