Confusion – MK-ULTRA

A set of songs to keep the riot going on!

confusion - mk ultra tapeArtist: Confusion

Title: MK-Ultra

Release: Tape / Digital

Year: 2019

Label: Junko Records

Chile’s still in turmoil. The commotion is widespread, the streets are messy and full of rattling sounds, and so are the minds of the people that cross them everyday, with their shoes worn out and their hearts shaking constantly, full of uncertainty.

It’s 2020, but time feels like it is not linear anymore, if it ever was. Still, we resist, and are thankful for all the support, like the one in this previously reviewed compilation, or this project CrimethInc. is doing, as well as the letters, videos, songs and comments, among many things.

In the midst of all the chaos, it was hard to keep track of all the new songs, new albums and new bands, but I can’t leave that kind of thing behind, I just can’t. I love to hear and share what people are creating and feeling here, so let’s just dive right in.

Junko Records is one of my favorite labels from Chile. They are based in Temuco and always have something enjoyable for everyone, a wide range of bands and sounds from a variety of places.

Released shortly after the start of the protests in Chile, MK-ULTRA by Confusion is simply a fun banger you need to blast at full volume on your buzzing stereo. Though, this is not your typical raw and monstrously fast paced punk record, it has the same kind of frantic energy you’re always looking for. This EP feels like a sweaty teenager contorting in their dirty room with saliva falling from their mouth, dripping on the floor in which they’re vividly rolling in the middle of a hot summer. Like something you would hear on K Records.

The lyrics seem rather silly and light-hearted at first glance, but they are still self-conscious at the same time. It’s kinda like a sweet fuzzy drink, I guess. Shutting your brain off the stupidity, consumerism, and all delusions of overall simple fun at the core of these short tracks, with the longest one (“Ya No Voy A Pensar En Nada Más”, track one) lasting at just 2:36. It’s hard to miss the point on this one, they spit it out right at you.

Confusion have already put out a noisy self-titled EP back in 2017 as well as their only LP so far, Sungazing, in 2018 (later re-released by the people at Gemelo Parásito). MK-Ultra follows on the same path of playfulness and irony within these tracks. They still manage to create a hectic atmosphere with lo-fi sound and distorted sensations, however, I must confess is not as daring or amusing as their LP. Maybe because it’s shorter, simpler and more straight-forward compared to their previous work.

Not that I don’t like the music being just like that, but Sungazing—my personal favorite—had a lot more opportunities to reveal all the different aspects of the band and what they are capable of doing. But it’s ok. It’s not like they have to please anyone but themselves, and I do hear them enjoying in every beat and note they write. Cheers to them.


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