tori inu
DXSTRXXRSX


4.0
excellent

Review

by DadKungFu STAFF
February 6th, 2024 | 6 replies


Release Date: 01/31/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nunca quise

Chilean bedroom strummer tori inu has, seemingly out of the blue, dropped what might end up being hailed as one of the most gently melancholy pieces of music this year, and just in time for the cold months to start feeling their longest, and most hopeless. Happily, I’ve got plenty of windows to stare moodily out of while I contemplate life’s fleetingness and the passage of the seasons while this album beguiles all my senses with its charming lack of polish, slightly-out-of-tune guitar strumming, sometimes astonishing loveliness and total heart-on-sleeve debt to everything that is sincere and maudlin about midwest emo. But don’t think I’m being overly backhanded or damning with faint praise here. The charm of DXSTRXXRSX is in the combination of that unvarnished, rough-hewn quality and sometimes startling array of melodies, harmonies and little vocal and instrumental tricks that betray an originality that handily escapes the bedroom emo trappings that are so candidly spilling their guts onto the floor.

It's regardless of its origin that I find this album so charming; my Spanish is rudimentary at best, but I can almost guarantee that the lyrics on this are traveling the same conceptual corridors as their Anglo-American parallels. Certainly there are instrumental touches throughout that only compound the album’s charm, moments like the accordion on sonic el erizo (I know, I know) and luna vez, the double-tracked harmonies on the latter track, the jittery tapped electric guitar on zopiciona (tori forgoes capitalization), the creeping fuzz-crescendo on el peso del cielo, all graceful little flourishes that speak to a creative spirit that far outstrips its physical limits. And that’s it, nail on head, the encapsulation of what’s going to make this thing stick around for me for longer than a few spins before relegating it to the kinda-cool-but-half-baked pile of home-recorded acoustic albums. When this album shoots for big, it does so without ever trying to be anything it’s not, its flourishes and grandiose moments played with an undiluted honesty and a pathos that only rarely approaches overwrought. Not until the back half of the album do the sonic limitations even hint at wearing thin (anais could have been a bit nore concise and the latter tracks never quite reach for the heights of the first half). It’s not exactly Chile’s answer to American Football, but it's something better: a wonderful testament to what powerful songwriting can do when it’s delivered in a disarmingly simple package.



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DadKungFu
Staff Reviewer
February 6th 2024


4703 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Went into this expecting folk, RYM tags are tripping

DadKungFu
Staff Reviewer
February 6th 2024


4703 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Link to bandcamp:



https://toriinu.bandcamp.com/album/dxstrxxrsx

kildare
February 6th 2024


262 Comments


Great review. "slightly-out-of-tune": glad you thought so too. I don't exactly have perfect pitch, so it's good to have a second on that. Voicing some edgy opinions at the end there, DadKungFu! XD

Leatherneck
February 7th 2024


689 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah some of this remids me of Owen's first albums, mostly because of the Kinsella-esque guitar playing. Maybe that also drags it down a tad since so many artist were aiming at this exact sound 20 years ago already. Looking forward to hear what's coming next after this first release

PumpBoffBag
Staff Reviewer
February 8th 2024


1509 Comments


Top job daddy
Sounds cool, will check

DadKungFu
Staff Reviewer
February 8th 2024


4703 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Pump, hope you dig!



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