Pogradec Embankment (Self Released 2015 ep) by People Skills
Jason Heller - Pitchfork :"On his self-titled Siltbreeze album from 2014 under the moniker People Skills, Jesse Dewlow created as much cognitive dissonance between his stage name and his music as possible. Like a dispatch from the Little Prince if he were living on a planet of garbage, People Skills warned people away with murky loner jams studded with shards of glass. Dewlow’s new four-song EP,Pogradec Embankment, feels simultaneously like an embrace and a shove—a live recording made, according to Dewlow, as a method of "decompression" after the painstaking multitracked recording of his upcoming Blackest Ever Black album, Gunshots at Crestridge, which comes out in spring of 2016.
That said, there’s nothing painstaking about the EP’s lead track, "Pogradec Embankment 1". Ingrown, garbled, and blistered raw, it’s a caustic wash of static that cascades into a queasy melody—and even the ghost of a hook—halfway through, as if Dewlow were drowning his inner songwriter in a barrel of industrial solvent. Apparently, Pogradec is a town in Albania whose name translates to "under the city"; with that in mind, someone might want to check the sewers of Philly to make sure Dewlow’s being properly fed as he plays away on his laptop, cranking out chunk after chunk of crushingly lovely, corrosively lush C.H.U.D.-pop."