Exotica returns with Musique Exot√≠que #03, their third and best release to date. It's business as usual but the intensity has been ramped up and their chaotic nature more out of control. It's still pogo friendly, destructive to the ears and totally explosive, with special care on song writting. This is a band who have worn out their copy of the Xcentric Noise tape Raw War (The World Of Punk) from 1983 as it takes bits from UK82 - especially Perdition era Disorder, classic 80's Brazilian Punk and Finnish hardcore, creating a kaleidoscope of the greatest punk era, keeping the attitude of what made international Hardcore Punk once so exciting but looking ahead instead of been another carbon copy punk band.
The sleeve artwork continues the tradition of Tipito, encountering endless situations and dilemmas while the insert doubles as a lyric sheet and as band statement.
Our take: Latest 5-song EP from this New York punk band, and for my money it‚Äôs, by leaps and bounds, the best thing they‚Äôve done so far. First, the recording is just perfect, raw and trebly, but very percussive and with a lot of dynamic impact. The songwriting is also ambitious, with numerous interesting twists and turns packed into these five concise tracks. There‚Äôs the wall of sound noise-punk style of ‚ÄúThe Ties that Bind,‚Äù the harsh noise / experimental elements on ‚ÄúDesciendo,‚Äù and the melodic lead guitar on the closer, ‚ÄúMundo Sin Fin.‚Äù Each track is a little different from the last, as the band is confident enough to expand on their formula without experimenting just for the sake of it. Musique Exotique #03 showcases a band at the top of their game, and the rush of listening to a record like this is exhilarating.