Vinyl LP £15.49 INV130LP
White vinyl LP on Invada.
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We have a split LP here from two bands you already like, so I shouldn't have to work too hard to sell this one to you. I'm listening to the Thought Forms side right now, it's got four songs on it. They do a shimmering kind of post-rock/doom/dreampop thing and if you've not heard their albums you should investigate them. Their side starts off in rather Bardo Pondy style with some ethereal guitar textures and sighing vocals with a Slinty post rock groove that explodes pleasantly into droning distorto-squeals. It's pretty much business as usual for them here, and that mixture of doomy riffs and dreampop melodies is still satisfying, particularly on the upbeat '90s style riff'n'drone 'For The Moving Stars'.
Over on the Esben & The Witch side there are a couple of lengthy tracks of swirling psychedelic dreampop with ghostly sighing vocals and mystical, sexy rhythms, sometimes bursting into weird echoed layers of cold post-punky sheet-metal distortion. It's an aesthetic somewhere between the chilly danceable post-punk of Savages and the earthy, indistinct psychedelic drift of Lorelle Meets the Obsolete. There's a weird throbbing passage in the middle of 'Butoh' with this weird synth sample grinding away coldly in the background while waves of cymbal splashes and throbbing bass guitar echo its alien modulations, although the build-up which follows it does get a bit Florence, although obviously with more grit and weirdness than that blandstress. Go on, buy it.
9/10 Alex Customer review, 3rd June 2014
Six songs, two bands, one lovely white vinyl and a whole lot of contemporary gothic (note acceptable small 'g') window-rattling rhythms. I bought it for Esben and the Witch; I took a chance on Thought Forms. Turns out Thought Forms are incredible. While Brighton-based E&TW effortlessly conjure a febrile Sussex paganism of chalk cliffs and charcoal night skies (still, the dark pounding bass of 'No Dog' would appeal to a partially sedated Death from Above 1979 fan) Thought Forms plug straight into the core of anyone whose heart briefly stopped in a wave of feedback somewhere in the late 80s. Yes My Bloody Valentine are in there (where aren't they?), yes Slowdive in their less fey moments, yes Sonic Youth. But Thought Forms are their own band. The songs are strong, nuanced, mournful, exhilarating. And - beautiful in places. Undecorated drums underpin drones and crunchy guitars, languid female vocals waft through oxygenated melodies. If you've ever listened to a guitar band in the last twenty-five years and liked it there is something here for you. All of this and a weird, hooded, beaked visage on the cover! Well done!
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