Hailing from the birth state of grunge, the Seattle garage rockers of Naomi Punk showcase their control of the distortion-heavy sound on the reissue of their sophomore LP, The Feeling. A 35-minute trip coasting through jangly noise, the band captures the quintessential sounds heard at ’90s garage concerts while adding its own twist, proving itself as a worthy musical descendant and reshaper of a sound that started two decades earlier.
Naomi Punk rides through a variety of influences on The Feeling, from its state’s pride and joy of grunge to the haunting, No Wave-inspired, synthesizer-solo instrumental tracks, as well as slight psychedelic and punk tinges. The guitar’s distorted and heavily strummed power chords insert themselves sporadically yet carry the majority of the songs by conversing back and forth with heavy cymbal crashes. Hovering over the cacophonous instrumental battles are the wailing vocals. While they emit a hazy texture that numbs your body to relaxation, the vocals contain an energetic inflection as well, giving tracks like “Burned Body” a much-needed kick.
A lagging tempo leads every song, and at such a slow beat, the vocals’ monotone sound gains a melodic yet eery vibe that is shared with the hollow synthesizers on instrumental tracks “CLS + Death Junket” and “Gentle Movement Toward Sensual Liberation.” The creeping of woozy synths transfers to the echoing vocals in such a harmonious, psychedelic way that these moments would perfectly soundtrack an experimental short-film scene of a person’s face melting.
While difficult to embrace at first for its abnormal mixture of sounds and textures, The Feeling‘s depressant-charged sounds are filled with intricacies. Hearing each respective feature pop while meshing together to form the album’s overarching distorted sound leaves the listener melting away into an auditory pool of grunge-punk bliss.