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592 In Place of Real Insight by Karate

In Place of Real Insight

Southern Records
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Karate's understated post-rock album In Place of Real Insight showcases subtle jazz and blues influences but suffered from sameness

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Terms like post-punk, post-rock, emo, indie, etc. get tossed around when talking about 90s rock bands that strayed from the mainstream to embrace a different take on the soft/loud dynamic. Boston four-piece Karate takes the angular twin-guitar and vocal attack of Fugazi and shave off some of the rougher edges while incorporating Slint-like slowcore, dialing down the tempos and volumes ready to burst. Karate adds a twist with jazzy phrasings and even a dirgy blues riff, giving the band an opportunity to work with a wider sonic pallet, while leaving plenty of open space that occasionally feels underdeveloped.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - It's 98 Stop
  • 17:30 - New Martini
  • 27:22 - New Hangout Condition
  • 35:46 - Wake Up, Decide
  • Outro - Die Die

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