Album Review: All Your Sisters – Uncomfortable Skin

“Welcome to my Hell. Come and see.”

Jordan Morrison was an EMT at 19 and a paramedic by the time he was 23. Having a job in emergency medicine leaves one in precarious instances that  reveal themselves in horrific forms. Drug overdoses, grisly car crashes, they all leave permanent, searing mental scars on the men and women who answer the calls. Morrison had been living in Las Vegas and Reno, getting beaten down by what he responded to day in and day out. In addition to life as a paramedic, Jordan began a solo musical project entitled Morrison before moving to San Francisco and finding a fellow musician, Mario Armando Ruiz, together forming their current band, All Your Sisters.

The darkwave/post-punk duo sees a lot of inspiration seep into their newest album, Uncomfortable Skin, which saw its release earlier this month through The Flenser. Tinges of industrial music and noise appear as moments of ambient music, but what most strikingly makes its way into All Your Sisters second album are the vivid mental images that have stuck with Morrison since his time in Nevada as an EMT. The music on its own is quite dark and brooding, but the addition of Jordan’s gives Uncomfortable Skin an extra layer of vulnerability and direness.

All Your Sisters

The album’s first single, “Open Wide”, and “Remains” channel the album’s gothic, post-punk elements strongest. A personal favorite track, “Black God” sees spikes in ferocity as Ruiz’s strong bass line and crashing synths race throughout the track as Morrison barks into the microphone. “Heater” has moments that emanate the greatness of noise artist, Prurient, and his momentous album from last year, Frozen Niagara Falls. Each of the ten songs on this album is a little different than the last, providing refreshing variety on top of riveting experimentation and genre blending.

Uncomfortable Skin offers a big step forward for the duo after their first album, Modern Failures. Every song on the new album sees improved chemistry between Morrison and Ruiz as well as a strong boost in recording, mixing, and mastering compliments of Jack Shirley. It culminates in a complete effort from All Your Sisters where every track is as good as the last. Morrison and Ruiz are quite a dynamic duo in the realm of post-punk and darkwave. This album is a pure dark delight.


 

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