Primal Scream – Chaosmosis (Album Review)


Glasgow, Scotland Alternative Rock band Primal Scream has been known since their inception way back in 1982 for their patterns of obtuse deconstruction of emotional spillage that lends itself to its own signature of creativity. With that said, the band’s style has mixed everything from Pop, to Garage Rock, to Psychedelic Rock, to Dance into their music. Attaining massive success with their third album, Screamadelica, released in 1991, Primal Scream has steadily offered listeners quality music through eight more studio albums, including their most recent, Chaosmosis. Released on March 18th, it could be said that Chaosmosis, brings the band’s unique titillating bone sucking of sound all by default. It is Primal Scream after all. Their eleventh overall studio album, Chaosmosis has reached peak positions across Europe and even the USA, making it an exciting return from this exceptional band.

Setting the mood with the colorful Pop sounding “Trippin’ on Your Love,” that features backing vocals from HAIM, the album moves into “(Feeling Like A) Demon Again,” which couples a tense lyrical air of synthesized motifs, all presented in a ’80s robotic rhythm and beat. Here, founding Vocalist Bobby Gillespie occupies an agitated quality and the listener can sense he is unable to stop the cataclysmal behavior, all while the band accomplishes an alluring tactile super-sonic wash that bathes itself with his voice. Then comes one of the album’s most intensely slow-burning hot spots with “I Can Change.” Relaxing, inviting, and effective, the delicate flute is mesmerizing as Gillespie’s voice leads the listener into obscurity. Thereafter, “100% Or Nothing” is the second track to feature backing vocals from Alana, Danielle, and Este Haim. Combining with Primal Scream’s style, the force is unsettling and unquestioningly Dark Pop, that is also delightful.

Bringing a smattering of additional musicians, “Where The Lights Get In” features American singer Sky Ferreira on vocals along with Gillespie. Ferreira adds the sex to the sauce of what Gillespie’s lanky embodiment and soft taunting vocals merge with hers, making for a successful dance-club number. Moving forward, when it came to the haunting charm on “Private Wars,” Cellist Deborah Chandler appears to be a perfect choice. Her talents take the song beyond its exceptional lyrical content, “Fill your heart with love, Ease your heart of rage, Make your life an open book, The choice is yours to make…,” making it  a masterfully creative and complete spin.

Taking a turn and slipping into the Gothic Dark Metal sounds, Primal Scream scratches the black nails down the chalkboard and sends a nervous shriek of Dark Rock on “When the Blackout Meets the Fallout,” featuring Flutist Jim Hunt’s work. Hunt’s music was incorporated on this track, the aforementioned “I Can Change,” as well as later album track “Golden Rope.” Without question, “When the Blackout Meets the Fallout” hastens itself back to 2000’s XTRMNTR as it embodies a dash back for a quick disco resuscitate. Then comes Chaosmosis’ finale with “Autumn In Paradise.” This closer discards any endeavor at refinement as it lingers in the mind and obviously borrows from New Order’s sound.

Chaosmosis is Primal Scream’s very own frothy explosion of Dance Rock. It is a communal addiction and it radiates the senses; a vexation one is all too happy to succumb to. With that said, the album is a work of art from beginning to end as it marks the descriptive soul in a high panache of synthesizing melodies. Not since their album XTRMNTR has there been so much recorded in sound on a little compact disc. Headphones, dance-club, or on the A-Train… Chaosmosis is a must to own in any Primal Scream fan’s collection. CrypticRock gives Chaosmosis 5 out of 5 stars

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