Abiku are a very Schizophrenic musical proposition mixing together hard house/ techno, pop, punk, noise elements and ambience.
Taking their unusually name Abiku from West African Yoruba mythology meaning 'A type of evil spirit that preys on children'. The project is made of just two people Josh who handles keyboards, programming and guitar and Jane who handles often manic female vocals and keyboards.
The music jumps and hurls all over the place going from melodic synth ambient simmer up to pumping off-kilter techno meets avant prime evil electronics, to speedy grind-core guitar attacks and pained female screams / rants and warbling and manic female vocals over new wave synth pop edginess.
Riding riffs that soar gracefully to the sky and simple, insistent rhythms, the music of Gray Young’s debut full-length makes its mark by recreating this feeling. It’s a simple formula but one that the Chapel Hill trio turn into subtle magic...