By Rebecca Herpin
Meat Sweats is a DIY electronic-synth-punk sound compilation produced by Nic Hughes, a.k.a. N.213. His creative use of instruments - such as rowdy banjo strums and chewing noises - compliments his raspy voice. Reminiscent of the personal “in-house” feeling one gets while grooving to Mac Demarco, Hughes manages to both invite the listener into a comfortable space, while challenging their perception of daily life and common sounds. If you like the melodramatic synth-optimism that is Cut Copy, or the uneasy incomprehensibility heard in the harsh instrumental punctuation of Korn––then Meat Sweats is worth a solid listen.
Notable tracks from Meat Sweats include but are not limited to: 33 Years (2:44), in which Hughes discusses, “the time it takes to live this long”. Particularly, the transition between 33 Years and Beat of Breath (00:57) is near perfect. You can’t help but bob your head. Suitcase and Circus of Taste Buds are playfully angsty compositions that show the creativity of the DIY cassette tape movement.
Recently, N.213 partnered with Nikki Never to produce Rejectamenta. Rejectamenta offers more of those wonderful vocal drawls that bend time and space to create both a retro and futuristic mood.
Title Interpretation: “Meat Sweats”= too much of a good thing at one time (i.e. resulting in meat sweats); alternatively, brotherhood or consumer voracity. “Rejectamenta”= we are all rejects.
Similar Artists Mentioned: Korn, Cut Copy (Zonoscope), Mac Demarco (Salad Days)
Listen here: http://number213.bandcamp.com/album/meat-sweats