Alternative Matter: Coeus the Boxing Titan – The Boxing Titan Spawns
Posted on October 24, 2011 by Mat Davies
Coeus was a Greek god, one of the four conspiratorial Titans, who, along with his three brothers, did the ever so charming murder of his father before taking up his role as god of the axis of the heavens. Phew: that's some back story isn't it? 21 year old wunderkind Aron (Aro) Patterson won't be able to compete with this but his ambition on this eccentric, complex but fascinating record is never less than ambitious and sweeping.
The Boxing Titan Spawns is a sprawling, ambitious album that although massively idiosyncratic has that paradoxical ability to be one of those blank canvas affairs wherein the listener can place their own perspective and their own reflections of the songs and what they mean. The sound that has been created is both open yet filled with detail and nuance. Influences abound: there's rock, prog, hip-hop, electronic, pop: under the guidance of a lesser talent this could quite easily have turned into a spectacular if never less than compelling mess. That it doesn't is to Mr Patterson's creative talent and focus.
There some intriguing downbeat triphop on Tension in Cloudland. There's a Mark Bolan influence running through the driven melodies of Two- well, Mark Bolan if he'd been produced by Trent Reznor that is. Sandbox Phoenix is the most obviously rock influenced track here- but the rock influences come from the left field- I hear some John Frusciante, some Primus- certainly in terms of the funky basslines . Bon Jovi this, resolutely, is not.
This is very much a one man show- it's a show of dexterity and flair, of panache and creativity. This is more impressive given the relatively cheap instrumentation and production utilised to bring the whole endeavour to life. The album's production has that demo feel that actually adds to the overall ambience: you get a sense of genuinely unearthing something special. The album's emotional core deals with the very human conditions of failed relationships, the complexity of the human condition and the nature of solitude (given that Aro hails from Minnesota, this isn't so much of a surprise).
The Boxing Titan Spawns is not for closed minds or instant gratification merchants. There is something rich, inventive and rather charming about the whole endeavour. It's what might have happened if Beck and the Red Hot Chili Peppers might have brought together if they had popped back to Aro's house to discuss their favourite Pink Floyd records. Whilst stoned. A slow burning delight.