CHUNG ANTIQUE: “Artesian Swell” b/w “Norse Code”: 7”

Chung Antique are the kind of band who make me wish I was a better reviewer and a better musician. To act as though I have enough knowhow to properly pontificate about the kind of spacey, aquatic, mathy post-rock the instrumental trio from Seattle conjure would be a lie. What I can tell you is that even this troglodyte found a lot to like amongst their many time changes and—I imagine—many pedals. Chung Antique lack the self-seriousness and cold technicality characteristic of many of their ilk, managing to infuse a surprising amount of soul into the music of “Artesian Swell” and “Norse Code” and a refreshingly cheeky humor into their titles. These songs are not exercises in boring mechanical wankery, but aural stories told through groove and melody intercut by crushing interludes of measured post-rock thrashing—like Fantômas barged in on Explosions In The Sky in the bathroom. Better yet, Chung Antique’s reverberating dips and thunderous swells are interred in the grooves of stunning Coke bottle clear vinyl and enveloped by gorgeously austere album art. Aesthetically, this single is the whole package. –Kelley O’Death (Electricity & Lust, [email protected], electricityandlust.com)