Paris Texas: Mid Air assessment – a blast of contemporary air

Less impressed by the Wim Wenders movie than the concept of juxtaposing disparate components, Paris Texas are a mysterious, niche-y duo from LA who mix hip-hop with guitars. Rap-rock is, in fact, greatest left to Rage In opposition to the Machine, however at this time’s post-genre local weather implies that something goes, offering it goes proper. And Louie Pastel and Felix – no surname supplied – have hit on a taut, freeform sound that mixes rapped vocals with left-field sonics and punk-adjacent brio.

The result’s a full-length debut that’s acerbic, susceptible and swaggering all on the identical time. Odd Future are a viable reference level, as are Demise Grips, Clipping and King Krule, however Paris Texas nonetheless sound like a blast of contemporary air. “There’s folks tryna kill me, aside from me,” notes a music known as Everyone’s Protected Till…, to a bass throb and a popping guitar line. A monitor known as Lana Del Rey recollects the Stooges, with icy synths and yelped punchlines (LDR, in fact, has a song called Paris, Texas). The opening monitor leans on the 80s; the 2 gripping closing tracks, in the meantime, cleave to indie rock, however delivered by males whose odd-kid-out aesthetics didn’t make them proof against the traumas of rising up Black within the US, or to heartbreak.

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