PLURAL BEING: Demo: CS

Wow! Distorted and heavy stuff here, in the vein of Clickitat Ikatowi-era Gravity stuff, backed by hoarse, screamed vocals that are critical, literate, and (get this) completely intelligible. Each song operates under its own internal logic: complex and challenging but never show-offy or needlessly mathy. Structures aren’t readily apparent but are immediately rewarding regardless—and pay dividends upon repeated listens, once the structures and changes sink in. This is the kind of demo your car’s cassette deck wears out because you don’t want to listen to anything else. Certainly the best of the batch for this issue, and an early contender for demo of the year, no shit. –Michael T. Fournier (IFB, ifbrecords.com)