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Face Tat

Zach Hill Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Dec 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sargent House
  • ASIN: B0040MGPI0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,441 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Octopus-armed Sacramento sticksman Zach Hill has long since disproved common misconceptions over likely merits of a drummer's extracurricular musical projects, successfully collaborating with members of rock luminaries The Mars Volta, Deftones and Marilyn Manson. But 2008 solo debut Astrological Straits arrived as a daunting two-disc leviathan that never quite translated raw talent into absorbable material. Follow-up Face Tat, however, paints a much fuller picture of his rainbow vision.

Loosely following a high concept catalysed by statistical claims that people with facial tattoos are more likely to commit suicide than those without, such a themed focus immediately tames the somewhat abstract nature that characterised his first album. It wouldn't be a huge leap to suggest that Hill has taken condensed weird-fi sensibilities experienced while behind the kit on tour with Wavves to heart. Or perhaps he just realised tiny concessions to palatability are required to infiltrate the wider world.

Either way, Memo to the Man is a timely opening blast that confirms Hill is approaching perfecting his solo art. Detached vocals swirl around a real humdinger pitched somewhere between Battles' rhythmic rock and psychedelic hip hoppers Subtle's otherworldly charms, bolstered by extra percussive power from Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier.

By contrast, The Sacto Smile sees No Age – aka Dean Spunt and Randy Randall – weigh in with a beefed up no-fi version of their fuzzy day job, a two-minute nuclear explosion rippling beneath walls of static. Minus collaborators, meanwhile, Green Bricks dispenses almost club-ready bass burbles as pushed through an Amiga 500's soundcard. It's a pattern repeated on Jackers and Gross Sales – the latter produced by Prefuse 73 – both more Ninja Tune than rock tune.

Just as Hill's main vehicle, math-rock brain-breakers Hella, have often overshot compelling experimentation into acquired taste territory, Face Tat doesn't always know when to temper its boundless exploration. Burner in the Video, for one, approximates a badly-recorded/rejected Super Furry Animals remix. But for the most part, Hill's stubborn sonic bravery earns margin for a handful of bum notes, leaving Face Tat among the most rewardingly challenging listens of 2010.

--Adam Kennedy

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ouch. 14 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
I had already listened to most of these songs on Youtube 684thousand times but when this cd arrived i was like a spaz on crack, a small dropplet of urine dripped from my errect member as i inserted it (the cd) into the player. The rest of the experience i cannot remember but i awoke in a pool of joy, i had thoroughly enjoyed it. This is the true sound of now. its what is happening behind the drones of popular music and the massive pile of filth our poor ears are exposed to each day on this wretched planet. Free your earholes! buy this cd and play it until it doesnt work anymore, then buy it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Madness 23 July 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this primarily as a present for someone who is a fan of Hella, but thanks to the auto rip feature i was able to listen to the album. The auto rip function was great and simple to use. the music on this album can be only described by the following contradicting terms: Organized Chaos, a barrage of ecstasy and misery that confuses and disorientates you into a mindless enjoyment. genuinely one of my favorite albums to date, and i will buy Zach Hlls other albums. if hitting your head against the wall got you high, this album would replicate that feeling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars face tat! 19 Oct 2010
By Eric Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Zach Hills 'Face Tat' has my vote for the best album this year not because it's based off of an almost unbearable amount of noise trickery/abstract assault to simulate something musical and familiar but because it's grounded in what we love and gets us moving and is ENHANCED with the noise and spaceyness that noise junkies clamor for. It's not an alien trying to project itself on our level-- it's from our planet and reaching out. Not to mention Zach is probably the most talented drummer since that first caveman all those years ago that decided banging on s*** was fun.

Wait, strike that, reverse it.

It is alien, I think. I'm not sure. I can't decide on what it is, but I like it and you will too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars rips to the tits. 27 Dec 2011
By ironcoffin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
this album rips to the tits.
this album rips to the tits.
this album rips to the tits.
hold on tight!
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