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I Came To Party
MP3 EP 2012 | Silber 122
5 tracks, 5 minutes
: Press Release
: Digital Booklet
I Don't Know
I Came To Party
We're All Filled with Blood
In the Future
Girl I Wanna Date You
Remora makes a shaggy haired dog of an EP. The time spent is extremely short. At times the EP appears to be unstable. Songs on the EP veer between smooth calm and outright release. Put together it makes for a somewhat jarring listen. From song to song Remora jumps around. What occasionally happens is a dramatic shift to extreme loudness. Humor is injected into the EP as well. It is of the dark, pitch black form. Often it is interesting as to which parts are more or less serious.
‘I don’t know’ sounds desperate. Though it is extremely short it is very to the point. Essentially it is a loop lasting less than a minute. After that is the potentially sarcastic track of ‘I came to Party’. Here the percussion is kept as mechanical as possible. Little deviates from this set template. Everything revolves around it. Quietly additional sounds are subtly added giving the mechanical rhythm a sense of soul. ‘We’re all filled with blood’ takes things to an extremely loud place. It barely makes sense. Levels wise it is barely understandable. Yes this is a violent piece befitting its title. ‘In the Future’ is extremely jokey. All that happens is a description of food being consumed. Finally it ends with the ridiculous dance track of ‘Girl I wanna date you’.
Yes this is a bit of an absurd release. Parts of it are completely ridiculous. The pieces make little sense together. Volumes jut out. Things spike. What unifies this is a rather droll sense of humor.
~ Beach Sloth
US band REMORA have been around since the mid 1990s exploring a type of music they describe as post-apocalyptic pop & drone rock. The EP “I Came to Party” dates back to 2012, and was released on US label Silber Records as a part of an experimental series of EPs made under the condition 5 songs in 5 minutes.
It is a production that comes across as less than serious in mood, displaying an off kilter sense of humor that is invigorating at best; but perhaps too odd to find favor among all and sundry, of which I guess I’m well placed in the latter category. The odd one out here in approach is We’re All Filled With Blood, a minimalistic circulating rough guitar riff motif that steadily intensifies and distorts more and more ending up as a frantic noise cascade. In The Future has a dark synth drone bookending a short whimsical spoken lyric. The remaining three songs, I Don’t Know, I Came to Party and Girl I Wanna Date You are all fairly simplistic constructions, sporting a minimalistic musical backdrop with the song name repeated on top. The title track the most successful of those, as vocals and a few neat details both reminded me ever so slightly of the late Frank Zappa.
If you enjoy music with an odd sense of humor then Remora’s EP “I Came to Party” of somewhat off-kilter, minimalistic creations is one you might want to inspect. Those fond of Zappa’s endeavors in the same department a probable key audience.
~ Olav Martin Bjørnsen, House of Prog
With perhaps the most misleading album title ever, Remora’s new EP pukes and passes out before the party even starts.
Every now and then, an album is released that alters the course of music. Transcendent songwriting, jaw dropping musicianship, and ground breaking image all add up to create a force so powerful, so universal, that it completely defies the tradition of everything that came before it. For example, Led Zepplin’s IV, Nirvana’s Nevermind or Psalm 69 from Ministry – real game changers. Now, take everything that made those records (or any of your personal favorites) great and strip it all away. Add on a nice layer of pretention and finish it all off with a lame record company gimmick, and you would be left with Remora’s new EP, I Came to Party.
When an artist names an album I Came to Party, a certain amount of expectations are sure to follow – high energy, fun, upbeat dance songs would be appropriate fare for an EP titled as such. Instead, Remora provides a soundtrack of boring, uninspired, and sometimes downright creepy songs. The EP kicks off with “I Don’t Know.” It is perhaps the only track on the EP that sees the group stretch its legs a bit by featuring an intriguing chord progression and vocals that can almost pass for singing. “I Came to Party” showcases minimal musicianship and is guaranteed to convince no one listening that this dude really wants to party. “We’re All Filled with Blood” features a heavily distorted drone guitar and is easily the most (only) enjoyable cut from the record. “In the Future” should be used as the soundtrack for a PSA warning of the dangers of drug use because there is no way a song like this is made without the use of some type of mind altering substance. The album closes with the 41 second (more on that in a minute) turd titled “Girl I Wanna Date You.” A droning guitar sound is looped over a high hat that sounds like it was sampled from a Casio starter keyboard. All the while, the “singer” repeats the title over and over, coming across as less of an invitation and more of a threat.
As bad as I Came to Party is, all of the blame cannot be placed squarely on the shoulders of Remora. The EP, released by Silber Records, is part of the label’s “Five in Five EP Series.” The premise behind this is to have a band complete five songs in five minutes. As a result, I Came to Party checks in just shy of the five minute mark. As if it weren’t difficult enough to produce meaningful music, the limitations set forth make it nearly impossible to create music that’s enjoyable, let alone memorable. Even for a label that leans more towards the avant-garde, the idea of limiting an artist creatively comes across as a foolish endeavor, and is only proven with the terrible results yielded on this embarrassing EP. With I Came to Party, Remora clearly isn’t trying to record the next White Album, but it doesn’t even come across like the band is trying at all.
~ Ryan Brun, Regen Mag