BLK JKS, 'Mystery' (Secretly Canadian)

Critical Mass

by Jon Young

This strange, fascinating EP dramatizes the desperate fumbling for order amid chaos. Produced by the Secret Machines' Brandon Curtis, the South African quartet generates a grimy whirlwind of noise containing everything from prog rock to dub reggae to folk, with somber singer Lindani Buthelezi fighting to be heard over fractured melodies and jagged rhythms. Offering more questions than answers, he groans, "Where did it all go wrong?" on "Lakeside," then mutters, "What am I here for?" on the title track. BLK JKS' cliché-free strategy would sustain a terrific full-length, hopefully soon.

Listen: BLK JKS, "Lakeside"(DOWNLOAD MP3)



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