8/10 Mike Staff review, 09 May 2014
Two debut albums in the space of a month from Constellation. When was the last time that happened? The LP of angular indie rock from Montreal's Ought is very good of course, but this Hiss Tracts one is a different kettle of fish entirely (I don't mean it's bad!). It's a droney affair from the veteran superduo of David Bryant (GYBE!, Set Fire To Flames) and Kevin Doria (Growing, Total Life). If I had to sum up what happens on here to a single phrase it'd be "Godspeed and Growing lads do drones".
Which is to say that if drones are your bag, you'll be all over this. These two really know how to manipulate the air with subtle hisses and rumbles and clatters while the slow, sinuous drones. It's very hard not to review it without saying the word "drone" repeatedly because even though texturally it is very interesting and there are a lot of instruments involved (as well as things like tape machine, projector, dictaphone and field recordings) everything tends to either be stretched out or repeated hypnotically. That's not to say that it's samey, however. There's everything from very organic, physical sounding scrapes to fluttering tape and cosmic synths.
Basically it's the sort of record you'd expect to hear from someone from Set Fire To Flames and someone from Growing; a fascinating study in texture and mood, rendered in vivid and subtle detail.
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