ALBUM REVIEW: Gustaf – Audio Drag for Ego Slobs | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Royal Mountain Records

Released: 01.10.21

 

 

 

 

 

Audio Drag for Ego Slobs is a hotly-anticipated debut record that starts well but fails to maintain its pace. Both Mine and Book’s groove laden and angular post-punk kick the record off at a driving pace. However, they fail to sustain their initial momentum, the enthusiasm that powers these early tracks wanes, the turn to a more lacklustre tone particularly felt in Cruel, which begins with a large sigh and pained groans. Gustaf have truly lost their sparkle and grit by this point.

Package offers a minor return to form but Audio Drag for Ego Slobs really does fail to live up to its initial billing, instead feeling sanitised, over-polished, and by the end lacking any power or excitement, which is a real shame.

 

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