reviewed by Elysse Cloma
The Urbane Decay is the indie pop-project of Jakob Rehlinger, founder of Arachnidiscs Recordings. In an homage to “the glory days of college rock,” The Urbane Decay created the Cellophane EP. Described as “a lo-fi memoir of The Urbane Decay’s listening habits during 1987-1993,” Cellophane revisits the sounds of the grunge era.
Cellophane EP is almost campy but it accurately captures the finest things about grunge. This nine-track recording brings together the elements of the grunge era that we loved: fuzzy guitar sounds, mid-tempo punk drumming, and moody lyrics. The opening track “Anodyne” — a word famously used to describe grunge music — covers all of the bases within the first few bars of the song.
Though The Urbane Decay are far removed from the Pacific Northwest (and the grunge era for that matter), “Like Opening Crisps” opens with the lyric: “it’s West Coast state of mind” and reflects feeling indifferent towards “everyone”. The strum pattern during the verse on “Red Car”, and muted guitar sound sounds like it came straight from Washington State in the 1990s. “Red Car” climaxes with a distorted mess of electric guitar and cymbal crashing. Aside from using some electronic drum sounds on “Like Opening Crisps”, Cellophane EP stays true to the grunge genre, taking us through emotional highs and lows using distorted guitar sound.
Top Track: “Red Car”
Rating: Strong Hoot (Good)