CD REVIEW: Wet Pinkey - Wet Pinley (2011)
By: Cyrus Rhodes
"the band to watch in 2012"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST -
Artist: Wet Pinkey
CD: Wet Pinkey
Genre: Grunge, Alternative Rock
Sounds Like: Sonic Youth, The White Stripes, Pixies
Technical Grade: 10/10
New York’ own “Wet Pinkey” releases their debut self-titled CD (2011) . Band consists of a husband and wife duo Masashi and Chinatsu Ohtsu. Influences include (Pink Floyd, Jimmy Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and more) .
The CD quickly takes to flight with “In Toro” a psychedelic intro piece that serves up steady rock rhythm, well placed guitar ambience against hooky vocal melody and phrasing from Chinatsu. Track 2 “Niku Jaga” keeps thing grooving with its impressive groove, mesmerizing vocal hooks and rocking guitar that peaks and valleys its way through to emotional fruition. Track 3 “Nureta Koyubi shifts gears with bluesy rock groove that delivers impressive acoustic guitar phrasing against hypnotic vocal delivery. As this CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical soundscapes reminiscent of The White Stripes, Soundgarden, and even Led Zeppelin, Sonic Youth and Pixies. Despite this the sound of this band is extremely unique and goes beyond pigeonholing. The music itself is an impressive blend of Trippy Grunge and Alternative Rock – all with a Psychedelic rock aftertaste. The production touches are brilliant and are clearly above the bar. Besides the 4 piece standard you will notice lush instrumentation with things like impressive rhythm guitar ambience, fascinating sound effects, solid drum programming, tabla, well placed vocal phrasing and melody, impressive solo guitar chops and a thick as a brick rhythm section. Turning our attention squarely to Masashi and Chinatsu - they fit together like a hand in glove. Imagine guitar playing that is a cross between The White Stripes and Soundgarden and vocals that are a cross between Yoko Ono and Bjork. Surprisingly the whole thing works remarkably well. Both take many musical risks that strike gold every time. This indicates to me a song and confident artistic ability, but above all both are in prefect musical harmony with the other. The songwriting is rock solid as provides a lot of musical variety. I can honestly say I was entertained the entire time, with never a dull moment to be found. From mesmerizing “Jangha” to hypnotic “Lazy Sunday Afternoon” to rocking Butter” and “Pop” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with “Instra Mantal” the perfect finale piece for a CD of this caliber.
It’s had to find solid weakness with this CD.
From start to finish this latest release from "Wet Pinkey" is an impressive catalogue of music and is like a powerful drug. I give these 2 high marks for just being themselves musically and letting it all hang out. The final result – a cutting edge musical production that is a breath of fresh air. The musical signature of this band is beyond brilliant and is one of the most original sounding bands I've ever come across. Make no bones about it this CD is an acid trip for the senses. Song for song: the music is very consistent, well-crafted, trippy, melodic and extremely entertaining. Note for note, song for song there isn’t really weak piece on this entire catalogue. The production strokes: writing, playing, performance are rock solid. The melodies and harmonies are well crafted and the lyrical delivery is packed to the hilt with honey coated mystery. Let me go on record to say Wet Pinkey is the band to watch in 2012.