Primal Static – Panstylistic

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There’s something unique to point out about Primal Static. It’s rare enough on its own that the band is made up of only two members. But, this duo is an unlikely pairing of musicians from contrasting cultural backgrounds.

One member is a blues guitarist with a bit of a wild side and the other, a classically trained pianist who grew up in China. HouFei, the duo’s keyboardist/bassist and guitarist/vocalist G.T. met while the former was studying at Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory. In a press release, HouFei admits she was quite impressed with G.T.’s musicianship. “I called G.T. a couple days after we met and got his answering machine,” she said. “A heart-wrenching guitar solo greeted me. Time stood still. I couldn’t even speak when the beep sounded.”

The two have since formed Primal Static, a blues/electronica outfit now operating out of Austin, TX. They’ve released an EP called Panstylistic, which literally means “many styles.”

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My first listen from the EP is the track Fall Before Your Pride. For the most part, it’s a swampy blues tune. There’s a bit of ambient noise in certain sections, particularly in the bridge after the guitar solo. The bass notes stand out with their own distinct tone as they seamlessly synchronize with the guitar. Even though there isn’t a drummer in the band, it seems as though the band had a live drummer come in to record.

Sophia is a lighter acoustic song. However, the tempo builds as time carries on, allowing for a more rocking sound. The electric guitar kicks in at about 2:05.

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Imagine something that’s perfect to hear while you’re sitting in a bar drinking away your sorrows. That’s what you get with To Live. This one is slow but full of wailing guitar work. G.T. practically plays a solo that’s broken into pieces and spread across the entire track. The electronic/trance aspect is much more prominent on Come Back To Me. This is a mixture of blues and tribal drum beats. In my opinion, it’s the best representation of the band’s sound on the EP.

This music is in it’s own genre. I can’t think of any other acts that combine two such differentiating styles. Then again, considering where the members come from, it shouldn’t be a surprise. When you see a one-of-a-kind band you should expect nothing less than one-of-a-kind music.

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