Kenneth Piekarski, aka Slashed Tires, experiments with R&B bass lines and warbling vocals that meander into off-key universes. He's a loop artist, so the repetitive tribal beats he creates mesmerize and each new additiontrumpet or braying guitar riffadds a new texture. The Seattle artist's new EP doesn't quite do Slashed Tires justice. You have to watch the videos of him playing to audiences on the Puget Sound, his red crop of curly hair and thick glasses distinguishing him. The EP, though, is intriguing. It takes some patience and the right mood. It's filled with cacophonous noise and droning.
"Mull It Over" the dance track featuring singer Abi Swanson, has sweet lyrics such as "When I know you're in my life, oh yeah, it's such a feeling. / I could spend all day inside with you, it's so appealing." Those who recall local pop band Two Year Touqe will appreciate those sugar-coated moments. This is the funky, down-the-rabbit-hole counterpart to the sugar pop, however. Sometimes the off-key style grates, but if you're into Dub Narcotic, it will mostly appeal. The sound is like improv jazz or lounge. Other times it recalls a mass of fish jumping in a lake or a watery sun rising from a mirage-filled horizon, and that's pretty cool.
Slashed Tires plays Zoo City Apparel with Old Shoes and Needlecraft Thursday, May 31, at 8 PM. $5.