Album Review

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

Thurston Hunger   2/28/2013   12-inch, A Library

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

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