Rex’s “Leak Through” b/w “Pour Down,” released on Bubble Core Records in 1996, is an exercise in restraint, buttressed only by skeletal percussion and a whispering bassline. In true Rex fashion, “Leak Through” opens with shimmering guitars and a shaker adrift. Cue the bass, nearly inaudible, and the drums, which enter like the solemn accompaniment to a martial song. The track reaches its apex with ghostly backing vocals and jittery snare rolls, only to dwindle into a guitar-and-shaker outro.
If “Leak Through” is the result of a meticulous arrangement, then “Pour Down” is its extemporaneous cousin, with meandering guitar lines and unconventional drum patterns reminiscent of a jam. It’s comparatively uptempo and experimental, but no less virtuosic.
- Rex Leak Through
- Rex Pour Down