Album of the day: Locrian & Christoph Heemann – S/T

Praise for Locrian & Christoph Heemann‘ S/T from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Christoph Heemann (of HNAS , Mirror, and many other storied tape music / drone outfits), finds himself in yet another collaboration, this time with none other than aQ faves, Chicago’s blackened doom drone duo Locrian, and the results are fruitful to say the least. Albeit a bleak and black fruit, that the shiny and happy amongst you might be hesitant to taste. But then, there’s much to enjoy, even for the less adventurous, in the moody drifting darkness conjured up here.

We see Locrian dialing back the harshness in favor of a more hushed and dreary post apocalyptic soundscapery. Opener ‘Hecatomb’ starts with a creepily stark, almost Nitschian drone, complete with what sound like a cacophony of burbling horns, with disassociated fragments of 12 string guitar floating atop a heady haze of drifting textures. Part way through a lush drift of beautiful piano harmonies intermingle with a pulsating tom tom, while scraping doom-laden electronics lie buried beneath the surface, creating a haunting whirlpool of mesmeric aphotic bliss.

The proceedings take a much grimmer turn with ‘Loathe The Light’. As the title suggests, this is a dark one. Wonderfully depressive skeletal guitars outline the overall feeling of doomed helplessness. Scraping cymbals swell and clang and hiss, tortured blacked screams reverberate inside some long forgotten cavern. The mood is tense and forlorn and beautiful.

‘Edgeless City’ has more of a lost in the cold depths of space vibe. Writhing guitar textures seep out across a barren moonscape, buzzing and dubbed out, it builds subtly into a spacious brooding stasis. A throbbing grumbling underpins the whole thing, a moody desolate soundtrack for impending end times.

The last cut ‘The Drowned Forest’ is a deep and murky miasma of death time vocal crooning and cold twisting drone harmonics, completely enveloping and angelic, like a much bleaker depressive Tim Hecker, the track as a whole developing into a churning lush hypnotizing swirl of glacial black drone. A stunning collaboration brought to us by the always ruling Handmade Birds imprint. RECOMMENDED!

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