A Refaced Ranger, but they stay true to the band’s off-the-wall sensibilities. The band’s bonkers brand of synth-driven post-punk is still the furthest thing from boring." /> L.A. Record

REARRANGED FACE: ARCANE FREE DRAG

April 27th, 2018 | Album reviews

REARRANGED FACE
Arcane Free Drag
Mock

Art-punk band Rearranged Face’s sound is tighter and more polished than before on their new full-length release Arcane Free Drag. While these songs are more accessible than 2017’s A Refaced Ranger, they stay true to the band’s off-the-wall sensibilities—the band’s bonkers brand of synth-driven post-punk is still the furthest thing from boring. Arcane Free Drag sounds the way it feels when you’ve had one too many cups of coffee: jumpy and nervous, but inspired and exciting, too. From first listen, these songs are hard to forget. The riff on opening track “120 Dogs” worms its way into your skull while stand-out “Picture in Duke” is a dissonant gem reminiscent of early 00’s post-punk. Even when their sound veers towards straightforward punk like “Shadows,” that spasmodic synth is still front and center. Many of the tunes, especially “Salt,” seem to channel early Talking Heads with frenetic guitar and David Byrne-style cadence. Even so, the band defies comparison and categorization. Rearranged Face delivers some of the best art/post-punk to come out of Los Angeles and will always leave you guessing what their next move might be.

—Julia Gibson