Album Review

Hayden, Bridget – “a Siren Blares In an Indifferent Ocean” – [Kraak]

mickeyslim   2/27/2013   12-inch, A Library


Bridget Hayden first solo release (she was in the Vibracathedral Quartet) from 2011 is a mellow sound symphony, including electronics and guitar, and what sounds like a bass and drums at times. The electronic and feedback manipulation grab the growly helm and take the guitar (and the rest of the music) for a wild ride, losing rhythm and control of everything.

Most tracks are peaceful and serene, and have a meditative quality to them as they fluctuate, with only a few things going on at once (kind of quiet and subtle), it makes you anxious. The track Thrashing Momentoes is the black sheep , with a crunching guitar riff that wants to go somewhere (I had to check the vinyl at one point; I thought it might be skipping or stuck on a locked groove) as the electronics sneak in, almost guitar-like. Check out the haunting vocals on the last track, creepy. Like kicking back in your boat on an all black lake, fishing on a cloudy day.

All the tracks are super tight together on the vinyl with essentially no gaps between tracks.

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