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What temperature is required for a guitar to melt? If not explicitly, Shlohmo—the alias under which Henry Laufer records and performs—lets this question bubble beneath the surface of his latest track, “Buried”. Landing somewhere between a Delicate Steve riff and a warped sample, the guitar on “Buried” whines and begs the listener into submission. The prog-influenced drums take the track from section to section while an emotional core reminiscent of the best tracks on Bad Vibes provides a melody worth latching on to.
The track’s length—it clocks in at just under seven minutes—allows Laufer to dip his feet in multiple genre signifiers and elements. The melting guitar gives way to trap-esque synths and drums while the bleeps and bloops are begging for a Low End Theory set. In a press release Laufer mentions that his intention while recording (coming in April) was to create something loud. While “Buried” is probably better suited for big boy speakers and a subwoofer, headphones suffice as well (at least for these ears). The low end and high end pop in equal and opposite directions while that aforementioned emotional core marries the two. “Buried” is a perfect example of what Shlohmo does best: taking disparate elements, introducing them individually (and slowly) before eventually pasting them together in an ecstatic finish.