Cider Mag Winter 2015 Issue 52 - Page 5

Album Review: By Marc Lovely I ’m going to admit it. I just tried to write the most elaborate intro to an album review ever. In fact I erased two entire pages of ongoing drivel for something I can probably describe in a few paragraphs, so I’ll stick to the abridged version, spare the dramatic effect, and cut straight to the facts. Turkuaz, the nine-piece power-funk group based out of Brooklyn has a new concept album that just dropped called Digitonium. It’s a reach far outside the cookie-cutter boundaries of everyday funk and has a bit more of a pop sound than their previous albums. But man, it is catchy. After your first listen to the new album, you tend to just want more. It follows you everywhere like a shadow. You wake up with it playing in your head. You sing it in the shower, hum it at work. You basically get yourself through the day until you can finally sit down and really listen to the album again. Completely unshakable. While it’s an album most certainly to be enjoyed from start to finish, there are specific songs that really pique my interest. From the synth and bass Turkuaz Digitonium drenched “Introduction," the album is put in motion and threatens a savage 80s funk feel. Like the snowball effect, the album gathers substance and gains momentum as it moves along, weaving a few instrumentals--“The Cup Runneth Over," “Fish Out of Water," “Home Again," “Barking Up the Wrong Tree," “Bird of Prey”--in between the big flashy numbers. It doesn’t really stop until the last note; a ruthless 24-track onslaught of flashy funk. “Generator” is the album’s first single. Think of MTV right on the brink of the explosive music video era. Think big bright lights and fog machines. “European Festivity Nighmare” takes the listener on a virtual road trip, zipping through alleyways of crisp beats and fresh guitar licks from drummer Michelangelo Carubba and guitarist Craig Brodhead. At times the song can bear a small resemblance to the Talking Heads. “Lika," is the absolute standout on the album for me. It starts soft with a sort of Caribbean beat that quickly adds a methodically captivating guitar riff. It’s layered with a ton of synth and is just one of those songs you find yourself frantically swaying to. Brodhead shines in his solo right off the bat. He’s a hardworking musician, much like the rest of the band, who is constantly looking to expand and try new things. He’s rapidly becoming one of my favorite guitarists in the scene. Some of the songs have already been a part of the live repertoire for quite a while, but they still seem to shine brand new on the album. Songs like “Murderface," “Nightswimming," and “Bijou Drains the Birddog” have been successfully tested on audiences around the country and the true verdict has being nothing but praise and admiration. From first listen you know that Digitonium just won’t ever go away. It seeps into your mind, curls up in a cozy, dark corner and just chills. As I stated before, it’s a funk that sticks with you. Not the nasty kind of funk that sticks with you after you’ve spent the night feverishly dancing at a Turkuaz show, however. No, on the contrary, it’s the nasty kind of funk that needs to be enjoyed at eardrum-bursting levels. You need to be able to feel it in your chest and let it all out through your feet. Please enjoy responsibly. ■