Album Review Wu-Lu - LOGGERHEAD

The experimenting and freestyling that is so prominent on this album must be incredibly purging for the multi-hyphenate, but fails to create sonic continuity.

Wu-Lu - LOGGERHEAD

Wu-Lu knows exactly what he wants to preach. This debut album, named after a distinct species of sea turtle with a disproportionately large head, sees the musician unpack years of deep-set learned behaviours throughout his life, throwing the mic to collaborators Asha, Lex Amor and Léa Sen to add a touch of convivial soul. ‘LOGGERHEAD’ is as much for fans of horrorcore stalwarts clipping. as it is for Damon Albarn stans. Wu-Lu combines a left-field sonic palettte (with some abstract sampling) and a unified sense of rhythm, apparent on the outro to ‘Night Pill’ were he utilises blown-out drum machines and industrial screeching to flip the song’s entire cadence. He’s lyrically verbose, and offers a patchwork of musical sensibilities, flipping the switch between downtempo garage, lo-fi beats and arty punk with ease, even treading into Nine Inch Nails territory with the seething ‘South’, an homage to his South London HQ. ‘Road Trip’ is a progressive, quasi-industrial punk song, whereas double single ‘Blame / Ten’ treats us to singalong moments and a minimalist breakbeat outro that defies any idea of genre. However, ‘LOGGERHEAD’ never feels cohesive, which is undoubtedly intentional, but can be jarring at times. Wu-Lu is in metamorphosis: the experimenting and freestyling that is so prominent on this album must be incredibly purging for the multi-hyphenate, but fails to create sonic continuity.

 

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