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- Rock Bottom by Robedoor
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We’ve got some new stuff in from the good people at Holidays Records, and the most exciting (for me at least) this week is this LP from Robedoor (featuring a certain MG Gengras of Sun Araw/Congos infamy), which has just over half an hour of jams from ‘08 to ‘10, before . On the first side we’ve got three short pieces, which pair smooth synth drones, churning, rumbling, fucked up doom-guitar scuzz and babbling, buried vocals that remind me of a demonic take on Wet Hair’s freak-psych stylings. The melodies are slow and cyclic, the tones dirty and incoherent, with the overall effect both oppressive and relaxing at the same time.
What I like about this band is how they sit right on the cusp of dark ambient but they’re still essentially a rock band, with chord sequences and structures, albeit minimal ones. It’s like they’ve written songs which they only barely have the will to even play, so they’re doing them self-sabotagingly, begrudgingly slowly, with nonchalant disregard for the listener, until they turn into a creaky, garbled slow-groovers which seem to have room for entire ecosystems between the notes. Of the three shorter tracks on this side, the detached, mystical almost Earth-esque ‘Deep Deep In Mexico’ is pushing my buttons the most so far.
Flip it and things get slower still with the 15-plus-minute ‘Wake of the Mythmaker’, which opens with ominous rumbles before it settles into a slow melodic ambient piece which isn’t as foreboding as I’ve come to expect from these guys, instead sounding like the smooth, gliding darkness of Deathprod with a three-chord cycle of bassy dread-drone accompanied by shimmering, optimistic trebly overtones and some more garbled Shawn Reed-esque vocalisms over the top. It’s totally hypnotic and it’s sending me into a bit of a trance which makes it seem much shorter than it actually is. There’s a tribalistic two-chord guitar crunch towards the end and some really minimal percussion leading us into a primitive chug’n’choogle stoner finish as they unexpectedly build up grainy rock tones towards the end. About as close as they come to “feel-good”, I think, but you can’t really go wrong with these lads.
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