Buke and Gase | Function Falls EP
Brooklyn-based Buke and Gase are Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez, who both play hybrid instruments (ukele and guitar/bass), that give their songs a unique clashing of musical textures. It’s not just the rough and chaotic sound of these specialized instruments that gives the duo’s songs an odd character, but rather the internal struggle of the sounds themselves. In one of the songs, “Tending the Talk”, off their four song EP, “Function Falls”, there’s an abrasive bass guitar sound that grates against a lighter electric guitar, steady percussion and vocals that range between pretty and aggressive. Everything about that track appears on the surface to be diametric, but somehow it works. It’s the sense of rhythm and spontaneity that gives it an edge, building into an unexpected riff. At the duo’s bandcamp page, they explain how the song came about as an improvisation: “We set out to recreate an entire improvisation to the note. We had to cut it down, as it was quite long, but nothing was added to this song that wasn’t already in the original improvisation. It’s the purest of the three in that sense.” As an added bonus, the band does it’s own version of New Order’s famed single “Blue Monday”, which ends the Buke and Gase EP. The band plans on releasing a full-length LP, “General Dome”, on January 29, via Brassland. Note: You can also watch the band’s new video for the album opener, “Misshaping Introduction”. — David D. Robbins Jr.