mp3: "Video Cell" - Smut

mp3: "Video Cell" - Smut

words: Michael Brooks

As technology continues to have a bigger role in everyday life, the strain it can have on relationships becomes exceedingly apparent. Cincinnati rockers Smut understand what that kind of detachment from reality can do and even try to make some sense of it. “Video Cell”, the lead single off their upcoming album End of Sam-soon, is quintessential noise pop about romance in the 21st century. Guitar lines linger over the track like a fog machine, drifting between a muddled beauty and a relentless fuzziness. The sonic template is spectral and hazy, creating the perfect backdrop for lines like “she listens to the dial tone like a lullaby”. Tay Roebuck’s shimmering vocals stick out like a neon sign in a dimly lit room, complimenting her bandmates out-of-focus instrumental with something tangible. Roebuck’s voice is captivating and the track showcases her versatility as she alternates between an effortless warble and a piercing scream seamlessly. “Video Cell” is as catchy as anything else you’re likely to hear in 2017, it just happens to be obscured in an infinite abyss of reverb drenched guitars.