STREET EATERS: The Envoy: LP

“This album is inspired by the writing of Ursula K. Le Guin, mainly The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed.” Le Guin is a radical science fiction writer who came to prominence at a time when few were flocking to the “lowbrow” genre—let alone women. Street Eaters, from Berkeley, Calif., which is also coincidently the birth place of Le Guin, is a drum and bass duo comprised of Megan March (Wild Assumptions) and John No (Fleshies). Although lacking guitar, Street Eaters still delivers a meteoric impact: the tom-heavy drumming, March’s full-bodied shouts, and No’s nasally yells flood each song with a frenzied energy. When they perform, a shared synapse fires and the married couple synchronistically wallop their instruments. On “Paralyzed,” No begins, “My legs are stiffening. I wonder why? / I sit all day in the still still air,” and March replies, “You sit and watch my motions / Follow my motions, feel what I feel.” The harmonious call and response encapsulates their unified attack, for there isn’t a single wasted beat, shout, or blown-out bass note. Every song, ambient interlude, and incisive lyric cuts to the bone and demonstrates that sometimes less is more. –Sean Arenas (Nervous Intent, nervousintent.com / Contraszt!, diyordie.net)