Published Nov 02, 2016Body Stuff is the solo project of NYC musician Curran Reynolds, which displays a different side of the former Today is the Day/Wetnurse drummer. Written completely by Reynolds, but with instruments played by Ryan Jones (Mutilation Rites), the endeavour combines industrial metal, post-rock and experimental drone in a Killing Joke-meets-Godflesh-meets-Swans kind of way — it's totally unexpected, yet works brilliantly.
While Body Stuff's 2013 debut self-titled EP was an ode to NYC, new EP Body Stuff 2 was written at a lake house in Maine and features cryptic lyrics and an eerie vibe that reflect the remote surroundings, while maintaining a distinct, '80s goth feel. "Ice" starts the six-track release with harsh yet dreamy noise rock, as stunning guest vocals by Ariel Hall offset the rough tones. The catchy "World of Men" features hypnotic riffs, while "Witness" begins with rumbling drums and a heavy bass line before transitioning midway through with poppy melodies.
"Cabin Song" features the most aggressive, industrial section of the release, while abrasive rhythms gradually build up on "Coward Song." The EP finishes with the melancholic instrumental "Last Dance," containing guest noise by Garett Bussanick (Flourishing, Wetnurse). Reynolds' dark, haunting vocals are highlighted throughout Body Stuff 2, showcasing intense emotions to complement the strange, brooding atmospheres that will linger in your mind even after it's over. (The Path Less Traveled)