Bohren & Der Club Of Gore “Patchouli Blue” (Pias)

2020-03-13T20:34:34+00:00February 20th, 2020|

25 years since ‘Gore Motel’, Bohren & Der Club of Gore hold their smoky line of doom-jazz in a sublime, haunting 10th album that once again taps into that interzone between classic Lynchian motifs and fizzing gothic undercurrents.​

The sylvan intimacy of ‘Patchouli Blue’ is a Bohren’s ineffable skill at lulling listeners into richly hypnagogic states. As ever they prize a deep sense of cool yearning that hearkens back to the slow burn atmospheres of classic film noir as much as David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti’s soundtracks, dark ambient and the bluest jazz, plus the doom metal of Black Sabbath, Gore, and their dusty echoes in Earth. It’s surely a velvet cloak for the senses; essentially a heavily tranquilising sound, but one fraught with an existential angst that’s won them a captive audience over the years, and is fully in effect here.

As ever, ‘Patchouli Blue’ is a strictly all instrumental affair and was recorded in Cologne and Mülheim An Der Ruhr – site of all their recordings (bar ‘Mitleid Lady’) since the seminal ‘Sunset Mission’ (2000). It was composed by core members Christoph Clöser (Tenor Saxophone) and Morten Gass (Piano, Engineer, Producer) and is performed by them along with longtime member Robin Rodenburg’s plucked, stalking bass lines in a classically sulky, gratifying way bound to make your glass of single malt taste smokier, sweeter. As such, the album is really meant to be taken in one sitting, but if we’re to point out highlights, the slow rise of slinking drum machine and creeping arps of ‘Vergessen & Vorbei’ is just masterful, as is the distant, burnished, Vangelis-like synth glow and elegiac brass of their last call, ‘Meine Welt ist schön’. Basically it’s dead good for what ail’s ya.

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The Pixies “Head Carrier” (Pias)

2016-10-05T01:22:00+00:00October 5th, 2016|

2016 release from the alt-rock pioneers. The Pixies consists of founders Black Francis (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Joey Santiago (lead guitar), David Lovering (drums) and new bass player Paz Lenchantin (Zwan, Papa M, Queens Of The Stone Age). For over 25 years, they have been an Independent music staple, have influenced countless acts from Nirvana, The Strokes, PJ Harvey, Weezer, Radiohead, etc. Bono of U2 has called the Pixies “one of America’s greatest bands ever” and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke has said that “the Pixies had changed my life”. The Pixies have been covered by David Bowie (“Cactus”) and recently invited on tour to support Robert Plant. Head Carrier, their first proper full-length in many years, is a return to that familiar Pixies sound everyone adores and touches on classic Pixie’s sounds. The album was recorded with Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Opeth, Band Of Skulls).

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