Guraj’s playing took me by surprise. A vision of the past instantly appears – but one shattered, scrambled, and reassembled before your ears. This isn’t appropriation or pastiche. He does what few players can – accepts the inevitable, and builds a Frankenstein out of the condition from which it grows. This is the Post-Modern guitar.
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October 14th will see the release of the new His Clancyness LP: ISOLATION CULTURE. Read all about this semi-legendary record over HERE. Listen to title track over at Clash Magazine and to opening track Uranium over at Exclaim and Noisey. You’re in for a big one.
After bringing down the house with their 7” split with Holiday Inn, Maple Death is getting convulsions and stoked to repress on tape Hallelujah’s sold out debut 12” (originally released in 2015 on Depression House). There is no other way to put it, this debut EP rips hard, a true manifesto for Hallelujah’s raw brand of noise punk and r’n’r.
“Pale Fear” has a downward tumbling guitar melody paired with plodding drums and plaintive vocals delivering soul searching lyrics, yearning for personal transformation in order to survive modern city life, all of which is uplifted by a revolutionary hook with fuzz-blast guitar and dreamily droning synth. The theme is underscored by Giulia Mazza’s video, as a veiled figure rambles and flails about a city over the course of a day, turning into a Lost Boys extra as the daylight fades at the song’s bridge
“Ode to the Old Ways” is a perfect representation of his rambling spirit. Though the whole album was recorded on a four-track called “Moth Insurance” at his old house on Kingsway, the song sounds bigger than it is, with his honest vocals and lysergic guitar at the core of flirtations with warm rolling bass, simple drums, harmonica, whistling, and feminine backing vocals that infinitely expand his universe. Directed by the flamboyant Johnny de Courcy, showing road trip footage and nostalgic scenes from the greater Vancouver area alongside headshots and band performances warped by general tape-worn distortion and ancient VHS effects reminiscent of Bill Baird, the video is the perfect accompaniment.
Listen to Pale Fear by His Clancyness from their upcoming 7″ over at Brooklyn Vegan. Recorded in Bristol at Portishead’s Invada Studios by Stu Matthews (Beak, Anika, Portishead), Pale Fear’s cassette-recorded beat rumbles through neon-lit streets of analogue synth noise and sleazy fuzz guitar and is steered with a pulsating, unshakeable Red Crayola-style bass line.
Relentless drum machine beats, harsh yet hypnotic vocals, and shrill synths drive “Mob Mob Mob,” an anti-mafia track that references the chant from a demonstration held in Calabria. Also drawing inspiration from the unauthorized development of buildings in the Roman suburbs, Gabor straightforwardly sings “fuck the power” towards the end until the track begins to loudly dissolve, its once concrete bleakness turning into a caustic, noisy squeal.
Aquarium Drunkard on Krano‘s album Requiescat In Plavem:
Luckily, Maple Death has rescued and reissued this gem, laden with Morricone dread and Shakey looseness; it’s low key and deeply-felt, and after recording the album Spigariol hung up his music hat, leaving behind this spooky thing, suitably humid listening as we ease into summer.