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Grails/Slint blokes. Nuff said.” That’s all the post-it on the front of this CD has to tell me, and listening to it now I’d say that’s a valid point. Watter is like a musical victory lap for some of Louisville’s finest - multi-instrumentalists Zak Riles (Grails) and Tyler Trotter (Strike City) along with Slint sticksman Britt Walford and guest appearances from the likes of Rachel from Rachel’s.
As you would imagine, these are slow moving, patiently unfolding instrumentals with a kind of mystical post-rocky feel, but with more of a focus on krauty, cosmic and soundtracky atmospheric elements rather than the cliche’d slowly-build-up-to-making-lots-of-noise-over-and-over formula that was the death of that genre. As you would imagine, it’s expertly done and very tasteful.
Lithe repeato-melodies melt into one another over crisp, measured grooves and swirling space drones; synths shudder and bleep along to meticulous palm-muted plinking and big round basslines - there’s nary a note out of place. Textbook stuff, and probably sounds particularly good when you’re deeply, deeply stoned.
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