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    Pinkish Black – “Pinkish Black” – [Handmade Birds]


    My what pretty bruises you have… Duo from Texas pound out
    ponderous ballads, sounds like bass pedals that anchor the
    slow moving riffs, but evidently it’s “Super Bass Station
    mixed with distorted NanoPiano and Hammond organ all midi
    controlled together.” Straight from the keyboardist/vocalist’s
    mouth. Speaking of that mouth, Daron Beck’s vox are often a
    kind of theatrical baritone moan, imagine a singer
    transported from a 1930’s cruise ship. He stacks up waves
    of synth patches to keep bowling over the listener, and
    then those dramatic vocals fix a strange fascination. On
    “Bodies in Tow” he almost gets into Om mantra territory.
    He croons over a cocktail piano (with great faux-theremin
    ghosting) on the outset of “Tastes Like Blood” before
    the brain burrowing begins and he opts for more of a
    30-day dungeon yell. “Tell Her I’m Dead” (yeah the titles
    might be a target giveaway) commences like a lost track
    from Weakling! Beck gets his full on scream up in that,
    it also features more of his wacked-out synth work. The
    only other instrument going here is drums and Jon Teague
    is a killer. Really excellent hammering, fills and beyond.
    Check out lurching rhythm of “Against The Door” Prog-like
    blasphemy in the hallowed halls of hell? Doom-gaze? Who
    cares, feels like a heartier harkening back to the days
    of Projekt, but this is a new debut album.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 28, 2013 at 7:36 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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