Electronic blips and mountains of echo are our guides on this descent down the metaphorical Nung River. Loose, almost tribal drumming and throbbing, dubby cacophony are our preludes. Soon, the title track, Residents Hello Skinny, is given the same dusty treatment, with its distant, spectral clarinets and haze-inducing bassline rendering the track an exercise in trippy paranoia. Its added coda of industrial percussion and Shabaka Hutchings’ wailing saxophone makes an already devilish track that little bit more menacing. If Skinner has his own style and direction – which he certainly does – Hello Skinny is the perfect point of reference, a good example on which to base his work, expand on it and truly come into something of his own with these added textures and ideas.
Hello Skinny is a satisfying concoction, one that surprises and commands attention. Its execution is flawless and its thematic unity sound. At 37 minutes and with a mixture of disparate sounds, I feel it’s a timid introduction to someone who promises a lot more and will likely deliver just that in the upcoming years. Here’s the website: Keep an eye out of this one. Why not try out the free EP first?
Words – Adam.