Mackenzie - Binger Days
Stop Being Records
September 1, 2012
Mackenzie is the one-man noise project of Peyton Sullivan [Nashville, TN]. The debut album "Binger Days" out on Stop Being Records tells a story of the loss of a family dog, and the slow feelings of regret and sorrow that developed. The first four tracks are considerably shorter, with lots of static, blown speaker type sounds that really push the urgent, hurried feel of care-free life. Suddenly in track three, "Under The Willis Tree," eerie synthed-out vocals take precedent and supply a brief moment of wonder and reflection.
The final four tracks are much longer than the first four, as the mourning stage takes place. This is where the album takes a strong, ambient turn. Track five, "Family Tied," begins the journey into bleakness with a starry, almost mesmerizing sound. It's the kind of track that reminds you of lying on the floor and watching a ceiling fan spin until you feel like the room is spinning instead of the fan. Then the next track kicks in, bluntly titled "On Top Of Her Hill She Died, My Grandmother Wept". The track starts a bit differently than the others with a somber, warm guitar lick. This is then followed with a screechy, but light battery noise that compliments the guitar in a way that evokes a dreadful helplessness. The noise on this track is a standout as it washes in and out, like a broken whistle harnessing what little force it has until finally around the five and a half minute mark, it all comes into a fuller, harsh, haunting sound. The track blossoms like a flower that knows it only has a life expectancy of about a minute before it meets its fate. The light, mellow sounds at the end of the track are the dead pedals filtering the ground.
The next two tracks wrap up the album and concept brilliantly. Crunchy sounds take over with some faint keys interjected throughout to create an utterly depressing gut-punch as the dog is buried. That realization of "...dog days are no more" is brutal. The eerie vocals appear again in this track, creating another offsetting smattering of feelings. The final track on the album features acoustics and moaning vocals, for the aptly titled "Walking Stomach Ache". The two come together to make you sick with remorse. It's a hectic, yet low-key, at least compared to the others, way to end the concept/album. As the track fades out you know the journey that the young boy went through, and know you can relate. "Binger Days" might not be an album you can listen to over and over again repeatedly, but you know you will come back to it.
Mackenzie - Binger Days (2012)
Stop Being Records
1. The Illness and the Melody
2. Binger, Kids All Around Her!
3. Under The Willis Tree
4. It's Kind of Like a Fire in the Hole
5. Family Tied
6. On Top Of Her Hill She Died, My Grandmother Wept
7. My Grandfather Buried her in the dirt (dog days are no more)
8. Walking Stomach Ache