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Thought Forms/ Esben And The Witch - Split
Thought Forms/ Esben And The Witch - Split
Invada | LP | 19

Invada Records are pleased to announce the release of a split LP between Brightons Esben and the Witch and elemental Bristol fuzz-peddlers Thought Forms, due for release April 7th. It comes off the back of critically lauded outings from both acts last year - the former with Wash the Sins Not Only the Face and the latter with Ghost Mountain. Recalling the classic era of split singles in the US underground - think of those heady early Sub Pop days where youd get Mudhoney and Sonic Youth covering one another on either side of a 7", aka record collector heaven - its the perfect manifestation of both acts prodigious and earnest approach to touring: a collection of songs forged with the drama and meticulous craft that come from the trial and error of weeks spent on the road testing new material. Esbens side immediately reaches a fever pitch as No Dog drags itself up from the primordial ooze of Sonic Youths early years mastery of cacophony and dissonance, underpinned by the volatile rhythmic propulsion of Fugazi or Hoover. The lone voice left unadorned in the eye of the storm comes from bassist and vocalist Rachel Davies, who summons up the fiery catharsis of Chelsea Wolfe or Sharon Van Etten. The trios other contribution here, Butoh, pursues an altogether more tribal path, kicking up a fury and intensity rarely matched this side of the pond these days. Thought Forms find an equally cathartic voice across their four songs, but achieve it by totally different means: dressing their tracks up with the swirling swathes of guitar youd expect from the dreamier edges of the 80s US lexicon. For the Moving Stars jolts forward from the off with the sort of driving, hypnotic lead lines youd expect from J Mascis, that is were he armed with Steve Turners pedal collection. Your Bones, meanwhile, is a disarming slow-burner that creeps its way into the back of your mind, erupting from what could have been an early Low cut into an uphill battle against tumbling drums and guitars that crackle like a bonfire on a crisp Autumn night. In an age where music - outside of healthy fetishist niches - feels more and more dominated by digital formats, the LP serves as a love letter to shelves and record store bins stacked with hidden gems. If the music is anything to go by though, this is far from bargain basement fodder

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