Hailing from Aberdeen, Tryptamines consist of Chemical Calum, Tom the Noisemonger and Foxbeef. (Are they animal, vegetable or mineral?). The ‘Metropolis’ EP is inspired by the film of the same name and explores the positive and negative effects of man’s dependency upon machines. It has an experimental weirdness about it, toying with psychedelic spaciness and pop synth.
Opening title track ‘Metropolis’ is the most accessible tune on the EP, as it bounces along happily, drum machine and synth hook giving it a joyful catchiness. ‘Why Are There People Like Frank?’ doesn’t really count as a song, as it lacks any sort of tune or melody. It’s the musical equivalent of walking into an art gallery and seeing a blank canvas with a black line across it – a clever person might find the hidden artistic merit, but it’s otherwise a bit baffling.
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‘Nina Shuffles’ has at least got a drum machine, some singing and a hint of repetition to clutch onto. ‘Insulin Unmix’ is again, not a song as such, but an atmosphere – a shimmer of noise with acoustic guitar and strings coming to the fore.
If you’re interested in listening to music which challenges the conventional interpretation of genre and defies categorisation, the EP has its merits. But for many, it may simply be too challenging.
‘Metropolis’ is out now via Fitlike Records.
This Tryptamines article was written by Ellie Scott, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse.