Posts Tagged ‘Roadburn’
Posted on Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Want, the previous record from California duo Wreck and Reference, was a metal record at war with metal’s allergies to adaptation. Felix Skinner’s sampler and Ignat Frege’s drumming made bare piano as sharp as any HM-2-blasted riff, and Skinner weaponized existential dread with his commanding vocal performance.
By stripping away the most sacred of basics, they opened up new avenues for extreme music. They fit into the modern metal landscape that seeks to redefine itself, even if they don’t necessarily see themselves as metal. If Want was a blueprint for a metal world without guitar, its followup Indifferent Rivers Romance End is that world with developed architecture and landscaping, their songcraft finally catching up to their uncompromising gloom.
Wreck and Reference are nowhere near synth-pop, but Indifferent shows that they think like a smart synth-pop group: using electronic layers as tools to advance compositions, not textural ends in and of themselves. This isn’t an uplifting record by any means, but it also feels less dim, illuminating Skinner and Frege’s mutual anxieties and uncovering diversity in the process.
At the end of ‘Flight but Not Metaphor’, there’s a thudding bass drum, like your heartsickness is the most exclusive club in town. It’s a small and sly incorporation of dance music, unburdened by the try-hard aesthetics of, say, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix grafting electronic and hip-hop onto metal. Increased attention to detail translates in even in their most aggressive songs, with ‘Ascend’ given a goth funeral via huge synth horns and “Languish” driven by flickering strings.
Tags: Album of the day, Andy O'Connor, Felix Skinner, Ignat Frege, Indifferent Rivers Romance End, pitchfork, Roadburn, Wreck and Reference
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Posted on Monday, July 25th, 2016
Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: I have to admit, I’ve sat on this review a while. A good while, in fact. The review copy dropped ino my inbox on the 9th of May and I thought that I’d have plenty of time to listen, absorb and ruminate. Followed, of […]
Posted on Friday, July 22nd, 2016
Lovingly pinched from The Sound Not The Word: It takes all of 35 seconds for Loss to force its way in to the centre of your attention. The desperate scream that marks the end of the introduction heralds the point where LLNN begin to show just what they mean by […]
Posted on Thursday, July 21st, 2016
Lovingly pinched from The Monolith: Sanford Parker might sound a little bit like a midrange paper company, but the man has a huge musical pedigree; as well as being a member of Minsk, Corrections House and Buried at Sea, in a separate capacity he’s a stalwart producer. Having been on […]
Posted on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: It’s been a couple of years since the last Harakiri For The Sky album and it’s fair to say from the evidence here that they’ve been honing their chosen craft into a fine art. What it is exactly about Harakiri For The Sky that makes […]
Posted on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016
Lovingly pinched from Dead Rhetoric: The question sometimes arises, how do you follow-up a double-album release? Well, in the case of Schammasch you dig even deeper and come back with a triple-album. The aptly named Triangle is no mere gimmick. Containing three varied albums (truly the only way to approach […]
Posted on Monday, July 18th, 2016
Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: That’s a major reason I’ve always had a sloppy soft spot in my heart for Bay Area traditionalists Hammers of Misfortune. Their style shoots you way back to the ’70s and ’80s, when heavy metal really was starting to understand what it could be, […]
Posted on Friday, July 15th, 2016
Lovingly pinched from Last Rites: Say what you want about Aaron Turner, just don’t call him lazy. Since the dissolution of his band Isis in 2010, Turner has found plenty of ways to keep himself occupied, most of which involve creating excellent music and art. Since relocating from LA to […]
Posted on Thursday, July 14th, 2016
Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: Let me divulge a secret. I had a supernatural experience the other night. Or at least I think I did. See, I live on the edge of a forest, where I like to go running late at night. For kicks. One moonless, windless night […]
Posted on Tuesday, July 12th, 2016
Lovingly pinched from Last Rites: One of the most terrifying scenes in all of modern cinema comes from Ridley Scott‘s 1979 sci-fi horror classic, Alien. Sigourney Weaver‘s character, Ripley, is attacked by the Nostromo‘s android science officer, Ash, portrayed by Ian Holm. In the ensuing conflict, Ripley decapitates the android, […]