RoosterVision: IAMX “Everything Is Burning” (Caroline International, 2016)

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RoosterVision was previously the name of our non-fiction imprint, and since those titles and that line of books are no longer, we have decided to resurrect RoosterVision for the purpose of this showcase. Enjoy!

We are big fans of IAMX. Are you? We sure hope so.

Maybe you aren’t familiar with IAMX? Perhaps, if you’re a fan of trip-hop, then you remember Sneaker Pimps. The Sneaker Pimps’ biggest hit may have been “6 Underground” but, for us, their best stuff came well after that familiar radio hit. The albums “Splinter” and “Bloodsport” are exemplary of the genre. High points, in our opinion. But, after that, Sneaker Pimps (until very recently) went on a lengthy hiatus.

And then, IAMX came roaring to life. IAMX is the solo effort of Sneaker Pimp’s lead singer, Chris Corner. For listeners who yearned for the darker elements of Sneaker Pimps’ “Bloodsport,” IAMX was simply eye opening. Heavier lyrics, heavier beats, abrasive and lyrical. IAMX feels like a direct line into Chris Corner’s heart and mind.

And what a place to be.

“Everything Is Burning” is not a full album but an EP made of tracks that Corner chose to not include on his previous LP, “Metanoia.” That these were the songs that didn’t make the cut is unreal, because this seven-song EP feels as complete and as alive as any full-length studio album. One of our all-time favorite IAMX tracks, “Dead In This House,” is included here, and we can’t imagine not having this available to listen to, again and again.

Give it a spin! And if you like what you hear, then dive into the IAMX catalogue, which consists of nine full-length albums and several more EPs. Dark, brooding stuff for fans of darker electronica and dance music, or for those of us who miss the genre-bending delights of trip-hop.

Also, if you get the chance, then check out the new Sneaker Pimps album, “Squaring The Circle.” If you dug their second album, “Splinter,” then you will find much to love.

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