It sounds like Belly having a breakdown. A lot of bands do the DIY thing. Buke and Gass make their own instruments.
A “buke” is a self-modified six-string former baritone ukelele. A “gass” is a guitar-bass hybrid. Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez bang the hell out of both and then fill in the blanks with foot percussion and other bits. It’s as noisy as it sounds – and just as fun. It’s also quite pretty.
I first heard Buke and Gass back in May and was hooked in four bars. I must have been distracted by other things, because I didn’t get around to ordering the album until December, and it didn’t arrive through my letterbox until today.
I’m not going to do the track-by-track thing, since once they’ve established their formula they don’t really deviate. I’d say it’s not repetitive, but they are exceptionally repetitive, using it as a minimalist device to hypnotic effect. Each song zips around like someone with anaphylaxis running from a bee, but what the album lacks is overall variety.
It’s a good album, certainly, but anyone showing such promise should be aiming higher compositionally next time around.
Riposte answers the question of whether you can be just “whelmed” by something you’ve been looking forward to hearing.