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Spanspek Album Review: TSON // Thom Khat - Viaticum

Procrastination folks, it's the worst! This was supposed to be done by Friday! Shame! So anywho, lets get some work done! Here's our review of the new album from Waterbox Inc. members TSON & Thom Khat!
TSON // Thom Khat (Fresno, CA)

Cynical songs for angry folk rocking semi-meditative beats with their black coffee. To me this describes the output of Fresno's Waterbox Inc. to a tee.  The latest from two members of the collective is no different.  The 8 song collaboration between rapper Thom Khat and producer TSON (Waterbox's equivalent to Wu-Tang's RZA) brings the [existential] pain.

On Viaticum, the general character of TSON's tracks are black and mysterious, layered with inviting blips and oscillations. It's has the character of an astronaut, floating, lost in space, soothed by the endless array of stars above and below.  Thom Khat similarly focuses on the darkness.  Death is never far from his mind, being likened to a break up on the Jacque Babb assisted "Boise", and hovering over mentions of surviving an early birth (see "88 mph" and "Moves"). Throughout Viaticum, Thom Khat is incisive and calm, though occasional bouts of rage threaten to break through, making his verses that much more enjoyable. 

While the whole album is solid, the stand out track continues to be 2015 single "Bull in Barcelona", in which Thom Khat raps rhapsodic over martians and Egyptian gods. TSON meanwhile lays down what may be the chillest base line and trumpet solo known to man.

Fresno is quickly forming a very potent hip hop underground, more concerned with surrealism and originality than mainstream acceptability. TSON, Thom Khat, and the Waterbox crew, with their uncompromising visions, are at the forefront of this movement.
For more information on TSON, Thom Khat, and Waterbox Inc., please visit the following:

TSON
Thom Khat
Waterbox Inc.
Bandcamp
Soundcloud

Thanks and we'll see you next time with more shit!

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