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The album has a mix of shoegaze and indie pop sounds, sounding like a more experimental version of Belle and Sebastian. There are some beautiful sounds across the album, however the added experimentation is a bit hit in miss. When it hits it’s absolutely amazing!
Great return of Catania HC-B., After the epic Soundcheck for a Missing Movie of 2009, make me once again goosebumps ears with five new songs. Rough came out last week for Hidden Shoal, majestic post-rock instrumental that plays repeatedly. Instant classic.
So once again it is a very strong sense with HC-B for kinematic and longing for the sound/image connection, that gives by implication, the sublime. This time, however, everything sounds more “rough”, rougher, more heartbreaking is the black color that is musical and existential if not music: see the reverberations of irreducible Three, the explosions in Deux febrile or the thrilling epic of One. It then slides possible lead us to fierce icy seas which are to crash on the rocks bristling (just “rough”) in what is a dramatic conflict between nature and feelings. Spectacular and chilling at the same time.
REW is ryan e. webber, electronic musician with a new album due out soon on hidden shoal recordings. his music is pretty wild, one of my favorites of the many hidden shoal releases i’ve covered. it is at once wide and narrow, transcending genre while being very self contained in terms of the way it was created. elements of pure pop, world music, psych, techno, and electronica blend to create something that is good to listen to but defies your attempts to categorize it…which is something i love. the video is very psychedelic as well.
“In the land of obscurity it is said that there are many treasures to be found and in the land of bedsit electronica it is said that there are gems just waiting to be unearthed. Whilst not highly polished, “Olive Skinned, Silver Tongued Siren Sings Swan Songs” by the curiously named REW<< does indeed sparkle more than somewhat.
The track was produced by Jason Lytle of Grandaddy fame, who had also worked his desk magic for Kramies’ 2013 EP; The Wooden Heart. It is also worth noting that his debut release on Hidden Shoal, 2011’s The European EP, was produced and engineered by Todd Tobias (Guided By Voices and Robert Pollard).