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Brian Choen is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Chicago. He makes music under the guise of Opaque Stutters and will be releasing his new album 'Heels Overhead' in June. In the lead-up to this, Opaque Stutters have put out this EP, some of which will also be appearing on the album, so you could consider this release a sampler of sorts. The overriding sound that Cohen appears to be aiming for here is alt-rock, especially on opener 'Benefit Of Doubt' which, while offering nothing new, is by no means a bad song. This isn't just a run through of the same old sounds though, and on other tracks a more exploratory style is introduced.
'Admire' is more choppy, almost funk even, but thankfully it doesn't head to far in that direction, combining it with a barrage of hard-rock guitars for the chorus. It's a harder sound that appears again on 'Alone', a song that allows discord to rule for a while before switching things completely on the slow and reflective 'Your Name' which even includes beatboxing. As a parting gesture we're treated to six-and-a-half minutes that combine all the aspects mentioned above into one song: 'Flattering'. It possibly exemplifies what Opaque Stutters are about and indicates that the album could be an interesting one, particularly if he heads for the more experimental side of things.
Opaque Stutters' website
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