The Nylon Admirals release LP
Whether it be the profound melodic swell of “I Have to Go Now,” the surreal churn of “The Blind Watchmaker” and its boldly colorful piano parts, the vacant haze of the adrenaline in “Superluminal” or the blushing rap revelry in “Oyster,” there’s something to satisfy most every taste in the new album Drama from
The Nylon Admirals. Drama isn’t an effort from a veteran group of artists; it’s the rookie offering from a team of Seattle experimentalists that you didn’t even know you wanted this summer, and in tracks like the appropriately-titled “Flutter for a Day,” “Black Hole Sun” (yes, a cover of the Soundgarden classic) and “From Simbel to Scutari,” it asserts itself as one of the more important electronica debuts of the year in general. Melding elements of numerous genres into one consistently electronic web of melodic wonderment and groove prowess, The Nylon Admirals declare themselves ready to take on just about anything this world can throw at them in their first official studio album, and I think their efforts are more than worthy of some critical accolades from around the underground this August.
“We Were Romans,” “The Blind Watchmaker” and “Flutter for a Day” are all about physicality, but this isn’t to suggest that they’re somehow lacking in melodic substance – the truth of the matter is, none of the material on this record even comes close to be accusable of as much. There’s an incredible balance between the harmony of the instrumentation and the rhythm of the percussive components throughout the tracklist, and while the latter tends to define the nature of the LP more than anything else does, there’s never an instance in which both are failing to contribute something artistic and genuine to the grander scheme of things. “Superluminal” and “I Have to Go Now” prove once and for all that you don’t need intensely focused lyricism to make a bold statement about emotionality, while “Black Hole Sun” and “Oyster” seem designed to remind us that artistry (particularly through the lens of electronica in the 21st century) can be multi-interpretive even when it’s been drawn from another source.
If this is a good sampling of who The Nylon Admirals are when they’re executing all the right moves in the recording studio, I don’t think Drama will be the last record they release to a solid response from critics and fans alike. 2020 presents this band with one of the more interesting times to be a part of the Seattle scene in modern history, but if there’s anything we can learn from the city’s collective output in 2020, it’s that independent artists like The Nylon Admirals are going to once again be responsible for keeping it alive even in the most dire of conditions. This is an amazingly strong statement LP that prepares us for an ocean of creativity to come from their camp in the future, and for now, I think this band needs to be considered one of the more important worth watching out of their neck of the woods.