Exposé Online banner

Boolean Knife — Astrid and the Killer Penguin
(Bandcamp no#, 2016, DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2016-06-11

Astrid and the Killer Penguin Cover art

I haven’t seen them use the term “psychedelic” to describe their music, but Chicago’s Boolean Knife certainly have qualities in common with modern psych bands, most notably The Dowling Poole. The sound could also be likened to power pop of the Teenage Fanclub or Matthew Sweet variety. Astrid and the Killer Penguin is their debut EP, and it consists of three songs in the four minute range which together tell some kind of story, though it’s a little hard to decipher exactly what happens aside from the participation of the two titular characters and the starting setting of “Antarctica.” But no matter — the songs are catchy and function quite well individually. It’s intelligent guitar-rock with good melodies and enough little quirks to set it apart from a zillion other indie bands. And they sing about penguins, which is a plus. To be fair, the music is not really overtly psychedelic — it’s just that in American rock, this kind of melodicism is mostly found in the psych arena. And the band’s obviously got a sense of fun, since killer penguins are not exactly heavy philosophical subject matter (though “The Visitor” seems to hint at some metaphorical significance to the story that I haven’t quite worked out yet). I don’t know if this is a taste of a full album based on Astrid’s story or it’s a self-contained entity unto itself. Either way, I’m looking forward to what comes next from this band.


Filed under: New releases, 2016 releases

Related artist(s): Boolean Knife

More info
http://booleanknife.bandcamp.com/album/astrid-and-the-killer-penguin

Latest news

2019-01-11
Jazz Composer Mark Lomax, II Releases Epic 12CD Set – In addition to being a fine jazz drummer, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a composer in residence at Ohio State University, where he has been very busy on the compositional front. The year 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship bringing African slaves to North America, and in commemoration of this, Lomax has produced 400: An Afrikan Epic, a 12 volume set of CDs featuring a variety of different musical ensembles. » Read more

2019-01-02
Chicago-Based Surabhi Ensemble Tours the World in January – Surabhi Ensemble was formed more than a decade ago in Chicago with the aim of bringing together musicians from varying traditions to make music. Saraswathi Ranganathan, who plays veena, assembled a cast that includes Arabic oud, Spanish guitar, and percussion from Africa and India. This month, the group will be sharing their sounds with concert-goers in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa. » Read more

2018-12-23
Seaprog Festival Seeks Donations – Seaprog is a small festival in Seattle that highlights creative music from many genres with artists from around the world. It's also a US non-profit organization. They're seeking donations to help keep the ball rolling. Starting in 2013, the organization has been growing, and has featured such artists as Free Salamander Exhibit, Jack o' the Clock, Nik Turner, Cabezas de Cera, Miriodor, Thinking Plague, and many more. » Read more

2018-11-16
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more

2018-11-02
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Klaus Schulze - Silver Edition – Silver Edition is a limited edition of 2000 boxed sets of 10 CDs sold on a subscription basis with the unsold sets finding their way to the mail order houses like Eurock and Ultima Thule at a much...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues