Tri Polar – Bang Dirty (Album Review)
Bang Dirty is a trio composed of Adam Holmes, Stuart Jackson, and MOG. Based out of Edinburgh, Scotland, this group blends the folk, rap, and electronic genres into one, and as a follow-up to their debut album, “Everyone Out,” they release their second LP, Tri Polar. This particular album presents a blend of different flavours of music, with almost each of its tracks standing out as its own kind of flavour.
The first track of Tri Polar that Bang Dirty presents us is “Real.” It opens up with a basic but tight basic drum beat and bassline. The accompanying instrumental adds many different flavours and dimensions to the song. The rap vocals were rhythmically spot-on. Overall, “Real” was a fun juggle between retro rap and electric ambience music.
Track two, “Early Rise,” is short but aggressively emotional with a catchy chorus. The electric guitars in this song were well executed and played. The third track, “Made Better,” is a summer-chilling, laid-back summer track. This song just makes you want to sit on a hot patio with clear blue skies above you and a piña colada in your hand.
Going from a happy-go-lucky to an angry-go-raging track, we have “Enigma.” The opening bassline emits an intensely aggressive vibe. In addition, the distorted guitars supports the destructive attitude of the track. Bang Dirty then transitions into a love-emotionally-filled song with track five, “She.” The execution of the piano, the guitars, and a moving chorus fulfills the aforementioned vibe.
Track six, “So Many Mics,” is an exquisite pleasure to listen to and the overall instrumental of the song. Track seven, “Love Letter,” is given a gloomy heartfelt feel to it due to the acapella performance and the electric guitar at the start. Track eight, “Darkest Knight,” is a chill and rhythmic song, layered down with a cool drum beat. One of the slower numbers on the album, but still enjoyable nevertheless.
The ninth track, “At Bay,” is a chilly but soothing song, moved with an atmospheric acoustic guitar and a chord progression, a rhythmic rap verse, and a vocal and melodic chorus. This is perhaps my favourite track off the album, and it is a song a lot of listeners will surely enjoy. The final track, “The Cat’s Tale”, is at first dominated by vocals, an acoustic guitar, and a bass guitar. Once we near the end, the song then delivers electric guitars, strings, and drums with quarter-note crashes to give it a thrashy metal feeling. The Cat’s Tale makes you feel like you’re about to confront catastrophe, and then suddenly you’re thrown into it.
Scottish trio Bang Dirty has definitely brewed multiple flavours of styles into one album. Overall, the album is engaging and enjoyable. Some of the tracks slow the album down however, and while the mixing of this album gave it a garage/basement/bedroom-produced atmosphere to it, I still felt it could have been more clean and clear. Nevertheless, this ten-track long-play record delivers quite a lot. Whether you’re a hardcore or casual listener of rap music, give Bang Dirty a listen-through and you might like them. Bang Dirty’s potential is fairly high with this album, and they can only get better with every new release they make.