If “Chasing Replicants” was FacexHugger‘s “Alien,” then his recently released self-titled follow-up EP is certainly his “Aliens.” By this I mean that, while “Chasing Replicants” was mostly dark, brooding, and not unlike a dread-filled horror movie, this EP is more akin to an action movie while still retaining elements of the original. Some of the songs are more upbeat, fast paced, and in your face while others are that familiar darksynth.
The first couple songs, “Savage Streets” and “Chopping Mall” (one of my favorite horror films), are the aforementioned more upbeat tracks on this release in comparison to what FacexHugger has done before. “Savage Streets,” in particular, has modulated vocal-like work that pairs nicely with a head-bopping beat, while “Chopping Mall” brings some more intensity with the fast paced synth work.
“The X is Silent” (a nice little wink to his own name) is, to me, the turning point of this release when we dip back down into the more darker material and is honestly my favorite track on the EP. While it is indeed a little bit darker than the previous two songs, even though starting off on equal footing in terms of that trademark intensity, it ends on such a cosmically haunting note that it legit sent shivers down my spine. That alone is why it’s my favorite track on here.
“LV-426” (this did get released on Alien day!) has a lot in common with “Savage Streets,” using that same sort of modulated vocal-like work, but here it’s a bit more sinister; almost like MU/TH/UR from the Nostromo made a synthwave song. The final track is a remix of “Replicant” from his first release and here, much like a few of the prior songs, it lends itself to a little bit of an more upbeat tone while still having that sense of underlying dread. This release as a whole is a great taste of the range FaceXHugger has and is a constant and pleasant surprise as I look forward to what’s next.
That said, this release is a must own and considering that it’s FREE you have no excuse, but I do implore you to still throw at least a buck or two towards your purchase (I did!) because these songs are fantastic and deserve any and all support you can give. Plus, don’t forget about the shirt too!