Baka Fighter / Harmoos Split - Baka Fighter / Harmoos Split 7.3
Hard to figure out what’s going: part sweet, part far from sweet, it is full of contradictory messages. Infused with threat tender melodies are gently strolling through. Baka Fighter and Harmoos might at first bands at odds: Baka Fighter takes a much harder stance, Harmoos the much softer stance. Upon multiple listens the method makes sense. In fact through the weird ambient noise and detours there is a real heart here. Something very human exists on these three tracks.
Nowhere is that more apparent than on Baka Fighter’s ‘Hasenpfeffer’. This is the sound of a nursery tune put through so many distortion pedals. Baka Fighter tries pretty hard to make it threatening or ominous. Sound quality is total rubbish. Whatever tape it was recorded on is in the process of dissolving. Yet the distortion is beautiful. It gives the song a sense of vulnerability. By the time it ends it feels too short.
Harmoos ends it. ‘Honey’ is a dramatic shift. For one it appears a human being created it rather than a machine suffering from clinical depression like Baka Fighter’s track. Indeed Harmoos uses only an acoustic guitar for most the first half of the song. Things get a little strange by the end as the song is getting packed up and brought on a big trip. How Harmoos does this is particularly inventive right down to the little zipper. ‘Honey’ is waiting for the bus. ‘Badger’ feels like an appropriate end considering all the weirdness from before. No melody, no anything really, simply free space reigns.
This is a very odd split EP beyond comprehension.