Label: Morningside Young Team Records, 2014
If shoegaze/post-rock is about raging distortion, feedback, and noise, Wozniak passed it all. The next possible question is what impression you try to build behind all the checked element?
'Pikes Peak', with five songs in it, maybe best explained as an emotive journey from prisoned desire into a freedom. The whole tracks are the sound of releasing all the blocks, kicking out the gravels in your way, and jumping beyond limitation. Since the opening song, 'El Maresme', gloomy guitar riff and heavy bass on the surface of tribal drumbeat stealing attention in every minutes before the vocal taking part and turn into a total vague. Absorbing more distortion and fuzzy bass line in the middle and it successfully started the whole journey with your sight blinded. 'Paper Hat' and 'Kreuzberg' are picturing different terrain of the journey. 'Paper Hat', the catchy one, and 'Kreuzberg', the creeping one.
'Columbo's Car' is where all the chaos meet in one fuzzy place. Energic drumbeat and noisy-psychedelic touch in the middle is only the opening for the next ambush. 'Gesamtkunstwerk' is the final spot. Experimental, noise and feedback all the way, but lonely in another hand. As what I questioned before, what is the impression this EP tries to build through every songs in it? I know it would be resulting different answer in different ears. But for me, listening to this EP is like walking by myself on a steep and barren terrain - the rock, gravels, and strong sting of sun - unforgettable in the end, but only if you can find where it ends.
This EP will be released on June 9 but they open a pre-order on Bandcamp, iTunes, and Amazon. While waiting, you can stream and buy the first single on their bandcamp and like their facebook page to keep you updated. You'll thank me later.