Subtle, 'ExitingARM' (Lex)

7
ExitingARM
Critical Mass
Label: Lex

by Mosi Reeves

What in the hell does ExitingARM mean? According to eccentric crooner/speed rapper Dose One, it's "the pit and alabaster ascension," a cryptic image of an immortal appendage attached to a dying body. It also could work as a metaphor for Subtle's densely colorful wall of sound. The six-member band reaches for melodic bliss with a dazzling, at times exhausting display -- synth rhythms, chiming guitar, rushing percussion crescendos -- that's like a crash course in indie-rock calculus. However, a few moments of uncomplicated clarity (a stirringly memorable hook or clarion-call chorus) would elevate ExitingARM from brilliant mess to true pop genius.

BUY:

iTunesAmazon

00:00 00:00 No Song Selected More info
00:00 00:00
placeholder
Now Playing
  • 1 Miley Cyrus — Baby, I'm Gonna Leave You - Led Zeppelin (Cover) " 05:44
  • 2 Chris Brown & Trey Songz — Tuesday (Remix) " 04:26
  • 3 Buzzcocks — "It's Not You" " 02:46
  • 4 The Drums — Magic Mountain " 04:05
  • 5 Jessie Ware — Kind Of...Sometimes...Maybe " 03:46
  • 6 Flying Lotus — Coronus, the Terminator " 02:40

SPIN is a member of SPIN Music Group, a division of BUZZMEDIA