Guitarist Spencer Seim's Chirpin Hard shares some stylistic territory with Church, including erratic percussion and the type of sci-fi sound effects that usually accompany dramatic warp-speed escape scenes. However, Seim's tunes are relentlessly catchy, with only brief static-smothered passages. His Nintendo-powered noodling turns the pulsing title track into a superior soundtrack for any Mario or Mega Man vehicle, but Chirpin Hard also welds crackling rock riffs to its upbeat hooks. This collection conveniently categorizes Hella's experimental instrumentals, making it simple for fans to decide between challenging racket and easy-going robotic rave-ups.
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