In their own words, “two former members of the wildly unsuccessful band, the Celery Stalkers”, Paul and Justin have released their second album as PyJ, called “2.0”. The first time you listen to this album, you might find it a bit confusing and intense. My advice is to keep listening and listening and listening to it. After awhile “2.0” becomes an unstoppable musical force that infects your inner thoughts. It taps into something so visceral inside you that there is no escaping its grasp, as it evolves into an obsession. The lyrics are essentially philosophical and existential thoughts, in the guise of poetic songs.
Great Kraftwerk sounding synth work, jagged dance-inspired drumming, rolling basslines and jangling guitar hooks, back up vocal chants, anthemic screams and melodies which fill the entire album.
Ten tracks of post-punk meets alternative rock meets synth-pop. PyJ (Paul and Justin) sound like they walked straight out of another musical era, bringing along their musical mayhem straight into the 21st century to torment us.
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“2.0” is definitely a taste worth acquiring. The angst and energy are coupled with ample amounts of experimentation, contagious riffs, and airtight musicianship, not to mention an abundance of eccentricity. For a ten-track album, “2.0” is heavy on high quality stuff. There’s the ominous marching percussion of “I Am,” the grinding synths of “Structurally Deficient” and the rocking raucous of “Is This Justice,” the off-key new wave chanting of “Sudden Realization,” the mesmerizing rhythm of “What If You’re Wrong,” and the soul-crushing, tempo-changing power of “Liberation.”
It’s basically pure emotion converted into music, and even though at times, the chanting and musical interludes can be disturbing, that’s exactly what makes it such a compelling and memorable listen.
Loud voices, awesome background vocals, great lyrics and distorted odd guitar leads interact with the synth sounds to make this album what it is. Their sound is ambitious, conjuring up both gritty earthiness and ethereal imagery, they could make it on sound alone, but you can sense them constantly pushing their songcraft further, piling greater hooks on top of great hooks.
There is tremendous craft, art and originality, not only in PyJ’s loud and soft dynamics, but also in the way they deal with dissonance, making it tuneful, gritty and downright catchy.
Start to beginning, “2.0” succeeds at being interesting, exciting and refreshing for the ears, and what’s even better, the album is timeless in sound.
PyJ sound way ahead of their time, while delving deep into the past for inspiration.
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