Wormwood 

Benders Breakers Leavers Takers

In Wormood's new video for "He's Just a Single Dog," off his new album, Benders Breakers Leavers Takers, the Missoula rapper hangs out on the shore of the Clark Fork smoking a cigarette and holding a pink stuffed dog as he raps and gestures at the camera. "All my energy spent on this sonic distorting," he says. "Born of the dirt/ and that's where I belong for the remainder of this story/ If your lizard brain knows the words/ by all means follow along." Eventually, the stuffed dog appears to be dancing on the concrete by himself.

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This is what I like about Wormwood—slant rhymes and sarcasm that have the clever flair of a creative writing geek. Even if the narratives are impenetrable, there's no pretension here. The lyrics are weird and funny but not trying too hard, which is also what makes him likable.

This release sees Wormwood experimenting more with sound. The result is mixed. "P.S.B.D.P" is so layered with swelling horns and samples, it's suffocatingly distracting. Others, like "Body Shakes," achieve the right balance where Wormwood's pained words seem to drift rather than drown in the debris of effects. I admire the ambition, but stripping things down would allow the more experimental moments room to breathe.

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