If Portishead and St. Vincent conspired to create a soundtrack for a Nicolas Winding Refn movie, it might sound something like Unflesh, the latest release from Brighton musician Gazelle Twin. Elizabeth Bernholz captures the airy, ethereal vocals that make Portishead’s Beth Gibbons distinct, but there’s a healthy dose of dissonance from vocal distortions and disharmonies that wouldn’t be out of place in an exorcism. The beautiful and simmering beats Bernholz creates on tracks like “Good Death” often cut in with violent effects that mirror the feeling of watching the ridiculously handsome Ryan Gosling murder someone with a blunt object. It’s an uncanny album, but also one that aims for more than to simply shock and unsettle.
– Carson Redden (Host of The Border Sunday 6:00-7:00PM)