Posts Tagged ‘Thrill Jockey’
Posted on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: The Body and Thou must get bored easily. During the last decade, both of these delirious doom metal squads have issued records at startling clips, the pace sometimes so speedy it’s as if they’re desperate to outrun the doomsdays of which they so often yell. Apart from a brief pause two years ago, New Orleans’ Thou have offered a few titles a year, many of them splits or EPs that rerouted their sludge through small new capillaries. Despite several dozen releases, they’ve managed but four (intriguing, at worst, and inescapable, at best) full-lengths.
Much the same holds for Providence-to-Portland duo the Body. To date, they too have favored splits or collaborations with pals old and new, instead of records entirely dependent upon their spartan if seismic guitar-and-drums configuration. Since their 2010 breakthrough All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood, itself a close hybrid with a hometown choir, they’ve released a few good splits, a terrific EP and only one album, the strangely self-satisfied Christs, Redeemers. Instead, some of their best work has arrived through a full-length collaboration with noise sculptor the Haxan Cloak and now their second of two collaborations with Thou, You, Whom I Have Always Hated. It is a match made of mania and menace.
The six-song set is available as a limited-edition record through Thrill Jockey, the Body’s most recent and stable home. The 10-track CD and digital editions, however, warrant the most attention, especially if you missed last year’s Released from Love. That four-song EP captured the two bands holed away in a Louisiana studio at the beginning of 2013. The results are included here not as a prequel but as a necessary companion to the recent arrivals. Those Southern sessions made it clear that this is a painful and powerful fit for complementary brutes.
Perhaps because of their economical configuration, the Body often affixes parts that aren’t noise, drums, guitars, or screams to the ends and beginnings of songs. The more versatile Thou, however, allow for more engrained subtlety. During opener ‘The Wheel Weaves as the Wheel Wills’, Thou’s Bryan Funck delivers imprecations in his deep, full scream. Behind him, the Body’s Chip King squeals like a wounded animal, his high pitch offering a sliver of contrast to the mid-range, mid-tempo melee.
Posted on Friday, August 22nd, 2014
Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: Originally released in 2007, White Hills second album Glitter Glamour Atrocity was a limited release affair of about 500 copies and has long since become something of a collectors item for fans. It is with fortuitous timing and a capitalisation on the current cult […]
Posted on Monday, December 2nd, 2013
Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: Are you a fellow with a lot of hair on your head and / or face? Do the following things make your heavy heart lift with joy: mosh-pits, fast drums, devil horns, Jägermeister, Metalocalypse, fuzzy bunnies, rainbows? If the answer is a cookie-monster-growled “Y[örrrrrrrrr]ES” […]
Posted on Sunday, August 25th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from Soundblab: White Hills have been on a seemingly never-ending roll for the last few years, releasing album-after-album of explosive modern psychedelia. 2011s HP-1 was a sprawling, monolithic masterpiece, while last year’s Frying on This Rock was a technicolour blast of motorik beats and driving psych-rock. So You […]
Posted on Monday, August 19th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The 405 Reviews: Raised in the warm heart of Africa, Bristolian Simon Price – famous for being the guitarist of psych titans, The Heads – is set to release his second full-length effort under his kandodo sobriquet (named after an 80s Malawian supermarket). He regards his instrumental sounds […]
Posted on Friday, August 2nd, 2013
Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Who will lay claim to You’ve Always Meant So Much to Me, the second proper album from Chicago sound art project Wrekmeister Harmonies? During its sole, 38-minute track, the dozen-member ensemble led by J.R. Robinson builds from asymptotic silence into space-age electroacoustic drone, and from browbeating […]
Posted on Monday, March 4th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Barn Owl, have, over the process of a few albums, mutated from an organically spiritual drone machine, beloved of more contemplative weedians, into something which could be called ‘dark ambient’ although that label might be fraught with associations of formless, pointless background music. For […]
Posted on Monday, January 21st, 2013
Lovingly pinched from Dusted Magazine: Dave Heumann’s Arbouretum is arguably the best of the millennial classic rock bands, a guitar-fuzzed powerhouse that follows Neil Young’s trampled trail, bending folk and country into surreal shapes through the sheer force of volume and distortion. Coming Out of the Fog is Arbouretum’s fifth […]
Posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
Praise for Eternal Tapestry‘s A World Out Of Time from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: We may have mentioned it before, but it seems like Thrill Jockey is quickly establishing itself as an indie powerhouse. Not that they weren’t already, but recently, they’ve been taking on band after amazing band, loads of […]
Posted on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
Lovingly pinched from BBC Music: As slow-motion psych maestros Barn Owl, San Franciscans Evan Caminiti and Jon Porras craft sounds akin to a Martian spaghetti western, noxious vapours snaking alien-like around desolate desert twangs. Vibes are generally ominous, recalling the doom-laden Americana of the increasingly Ennio Morricone-obsessed Earth, or even […]