Bogglesworth – Nerve
Bogglesworth’s Nerve is an uplifting selection of hectic electronica to make your summer one that’s filled with good times.
As the album opens with ‘Beeper’, there are glitchy nods to Rustie’s first album Glass Swords, with similar mad cuts that skitter off into crazy runs. The beats mostly hold the track together, while they also have the freedom to completely break apart from time to time, with the main melody uses a chiptune style that feels like a Game Boy playing a nursery rhyme. ‘Scottie’s California Cornflakes’ continues along with similar confidence, with Bogglesworth’s sound developing and growing as things progress. With a morphing and unfolding tone that unravels over the track’s opening bars and beats, we suddenly find ourselves in the middle of an entrancing and psychedelic moment that is almost rave like in its feel. By the mid point we are treated to a bouncy solo that is a beautiful moment of 8 bit chiptune loveliness, and it seems as though things can only be good from here on in. ‘Bill Clinton’ starts off stripped down and unassuming, with a bass rumble and a kick beat that gradually comes into place. Even the melody as it begins to unfold is less firm and insistent when compared to the two earlier tracks, until the sly sax tone appears into the mix – surely where the track’s title comes from – a repetitive melody that helps to cement the tracks somewhat hypnotic feel. Title track ‘NERVE’ has a more eighties cult movie soundtrack feel to it, with its distant and ringing synth notes and drums encased in reverb. Of course, that’s before the bass wub-wub and massive drops crash into the mix, reclaiming it for themselves and totally owning the track. As they subside, we have delicate little glissandos and tumbling notes that feel like the sonic equivalent of the green text that is behind the Matrix. It’s a track that balances calm moments with some truly hectic terror, making it a track that holds its tension very well and becomes more nerve (pun intended) wracking as it progresses. ‘E.Z.’ Draws on more of those eighties tones, mostly in the way the reverb is employed but also in the synth notes that loop around and around. As before, the dubstep tropes kick in before we get the chance to get too settled, this time with some scary drops and a creepy vocalesque “Yup Yup Yuuuuup!” that is as eerie as it is thrilling. When compared with the other tracks available here, it feels less varied and more like it is making too much use of a gimmick, but it’s easily forgiven. Nerve draws to a close with ‘Blue Tuesday’, a track which concludes things sensitively. Taking its time to really get into the swing of things, eventually we are led into a path that features some delicate percussive elements and synth tones that swell and soar, ebb and flow, and feel like a soundtrack for a night time drive through a neon landscape.