Buke & Gass – Riposte Album Review

Buke & Gass certainly make music that is both adorably charming and unbelievably grating. Their latest album, Riposte, clocks in at just under 45-minutes, but its 14 tracks seem to go on forever in what feels like an off-the-wall, high-energy experimental pop-rock marathon. Like a mixture of Nedelle Torrisi of Cryptacize and Hayley Williams of Paramore, Buke & Gass’ vocalist Arone Dyer has a take it or leave it voice that is very much suitable for a Top 40s single.

Riposte is certainly an interesting listen. It is inventive, and it weaves songs by taking an all-genre-inclusive step forward. Vocals, guitar, and percussion play rhythmically with one another, taking turns hacking it out at every turn. But every track on this disc has a short attention span; the spastic pacing and stylistic shifts can become insane-making over the course of the album. Pretty good in small doses, but dicey in large ones.


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Vivian Hua 華婷婷

Vivian Hua 華婷婷 is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer. As the Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum in Seattle and Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary arts publication, REDEFINE, much of her work unifies her metaphysical interests with her belief that art can positively transform the self and society. She regularly shares human-centered stories through her storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE! In 2020, she will [hopefully] begin production on a comedic Asian-American series entitled Reckless Spirits.

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