Articles by Chad Murray
No Anchor is an excellent ambient/drone album that I’d highly recommend to fans of the genre and psychonauts alike.
Overall, this collection is as excellent as any other put out by the group, but it leaves me wanting more. I guess there can never be enough of a band you really love, but I am still extremely pleased that this release exists and that I have it despite how bittersweet I find its finality.
I listen to a lot of minimal and ambient techno, like Pan Sonic and Pole and wanted to do something similar and as stripped back as possible.
“Wasted Death is my newest thing! It’s with Tom who was in Death Pedals who now plays in USA Nails, and also Charlie from Beggar who are this killer sludge band I’ve worked with before!”
11 Years Of Chaos is a great example of Chaos Theory’s impeccable eye for talent across a diverse cornucopia of bands, solo artists and producers.
Pick A Day To Die should convince new listeners to go and watch Sunburned Hand of the Man at this year’s Raw Power when festivals at long last return.
The Cadaver Tomb Pt. 1 is a well-executed reinvention for Poly-Math that will leave listeners wanting to see what comes next.
Some really beautiful melodies, balanced out together nicely, with rich analogue texture.
Pharaoh Overlord manage to blend past, present and future into one outstanding work of art entitled ‘6’.
I’ve Seen All I Need To See is a perfect addition to The Body’s unmatchable discography and its deeply agonising spirit will surely resonate with those of you who feel defeated by 2020.
“It’s just really explorative and fun and consistently feels like some kind of god-tier outtake from the Crash Bandicoot OST”
“sounds simultaneously achingly austere and rich in depth, like looking through a sheet of ice to see a deep chasm below. Like the band is on its last legs, there’s a fatigue that permeates through the sound, dichotomously sweltering and withered in the heat and atrophied beyond motion by the frost”.
In short, this bizarrely melodic, masterfully well-written and produced lysergic opus is easily one of my favourite albums this year.
In Erasable Assignments, Karhide gives the listener a calm and melodic space to think in a world of panic, noise and sensory overstimulation.
The vitriol of this album is the battlecry of a ripped-off generation paralysed unwillingly by the self-centred failings of its formers.
Mugstar just doing Mugstar is still really good and having pitted record versus gig with the band, I can definitely say this album will be awesome live.
I’d highly recommend Dark Sea if you’re a fan of LCD Soundsystem, electronic rock such as Modwheelmood/ SONOIO, OK Computer-Era Radiohead or the likes of Soundgarden and Jane’s Addiction.
When we were offered the interview, I asked Dan Salter, one of the founders of the website, if he had any questions for the band and he simply said, “ask them if they know that this *gestures at himself* is all their fault”.
Splintered Metal Sky is yet another spectacularly sultry and serpentine album that will fit in nicely with White Hills’ already stellar discography. Add this to your record of the year frontrunners.
I would say that everything they’ve done on this album is done well. Unfortunately, I honestly feel like they could’ve done a lot more.
If you like sloganeering, social commentary, comedic lyrics, post-punk and understated, humble perspectives then this is absolutely an album for you. It is what it says on the tin and for that it is highly commendable.