Houser, Dylan – “Dismal King / Dreary” – [Self-released]
Louie Caliente 4/15/2019 A Library, CD
Guitar and found-sound oddness from Floridian Dylan Houser. It’s a two-EPs-in-one-CD kinda thing, combining recordings from late 2018 and 2019, all recorded and released directly by the artist.
Dismal King is spontaneous solo guitar compositions, looped and layered. Lo-fi but not too soupy, and with just enough distortion to take the edge off. A wide range of styles and moods on display, starting with the introspective and melancholy “Spring Vein” (T1). Things quickly ramp up to the propulsive “Dismal King” (T2) and the positively shredding “Locust Driver” (T3). We mellow out a bit (just a bit) with the psychedelic “Molting Riviera” (T4) and wrap up with an extended crunchy synth noise jam on “Tinker Galute” (T5), the only non-guitar piece on the EP.
Dreary is harder to categorize. It begins with “Lungform Deth Radio” (T6) a schizophrenic field recording collage featuring spoken word and the sounds of proper dental hygiene. The following track “Sarcophagus in Orbit” (T7) is more spaced-out improvised guitar work. The last three songs are rich synth drones with varying amounts of noise (T8, T10) and cheese (T9).
you heard it 12 times on kfjc! most recently:
- 1454 days ago, lexi glass played Fangs of Despair
- 1456 days ago, Buddy Love played Spring Vein
- 1459 days ago, Portuguese Water Dog played Dismal King
- 1462 days ago, Lucky Jae played Spring Vein
- 1465 days ago, Cousin Mary played Tinker Galute
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