Underneath their freaky IDM-math surface, Seoul-based Ssighborggg have a certain level of pop sensibility. Their inclination to produce infectiously enjoyable music clashes head on with their experimental and creative nature to make elaborate math-pop sonnets on their debut 4-track EP Geodesy.
Ssighborggg’s debut EP came out earlier this year and is a solid collection of poly-rhythmic drumming tightly woven to an eccentric mix of sounds and melodies. Their songs are typically complex and at times completely chaotic. Bring It, for example, is an intimidatingly noise-driven mesh of distorted bass and discordant samples that borders on the disorientating.
Kettle Pebble George is the closest the band comes to straightforward with its upbeat synth hooks and semi-accessible rhythms. The song comes accompanied by this brilliantly surreal video.
To the bands credit, there is almost too much going on in each song to accurately describe them. As soon as you think you’ve pinned down any given track, it soon gives way to a completely new set of sounds, ideas and rhythms. Ssighborggg draw on the same level of intricacies you expect from math rock bands but also forgo the same structural restrictions that comes with pop music in general. Often the songs ascend into pattern-lite scores with various movements or atypical sections such as on EP opener Refinance My Loom.
There are plenty of guitar parts to be found here. Yet, like their closest musical comparison, Battles, Ssighborggg subdue the level of guitar to focus on electronic noises created by synths, samplers and sequencers. Like Battles, Sisghborggg employ experimentation to give each song its unique identity as each track is audibly scattered and communicates a completely different audio experience from the last.
The two-piece’s live shows are a marvel with Deanthony Nelson Jr’s frantic drumming and Sean Patrick Maylone playing several instruments, often at the same time. All of this obscured by psychedelic visual projections. The standard of their live show has seen them support the likes of Caribou, Gold Panda, The Dodos, Nosaj Thing, No Age, YACHT, Zach Hill (Death Grips) and Xiu Xiu.
Currently the band are planning a string of dates across Korea and the rest of Asia ahead of the release of a live video package they made with Live and Direct which should be out in July.
For fans of Battles, Don Caballero, Hella, Tea Melos, Dan Deacon, Gold Panda, Caribou, Foals, Fuck Buttons, Animal Collective, Health.
By Jamie Finn (@jamiefinn2209)