Big Blood are a couple coming together to make music, at times joined by their daughter (aged 8 at the time of this recording), Blood Stereo style. Musically, Double Days is hazy and semi-morose, fading in a bed of tape recordings on which the songs rest. Includes unusual covers of The Cure and Black Sabbath.
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- Double Days I by Big Blood
8/10 Robin Staff review, 10 April 2015
Here is a thing. It is Big Blood’s diverse eight-year old album of genre checklists. At first, they sound like an ambient Hop Along -- singer-songwriters who would’ve done well as self-infuriated folk punks in another lifetime, but ultimately picked a life behind the fog with the synths, screaming and howling with their eight-year old daughter until emotion is felt the other end.
I’d love it to stay this way, but you can’t always get what you want in this world, and ‘Double Days’ remains a minor joy of experimental pop, full of boisterous vocal chants and absolutely nonsense sounds. After things get going, ‘Double Days’ sounds something like the Flaming Lips in their more krautish and overtly aggressive ‘Embryonic’ era (pretty good era, if you ask me -- less balloons. more body hair), conjuring piercing guitars on “Rabbits Foot”. They go into a cover of Sabbath’s “Black Caravan” like new weird folksters, transitioning into Josephine Foster territory before evoking a crushing organ drone.
I’m inclined to Big Blood’s folk side, which appears crystal-clear on yet another cover, this time for the Cure’s “Disintegration”, which they reduce to reverberating vocals, insular strums and distantly intonated field recordings of casual chatter. When the band get more distant and discordant, as is the case on distorted, shapeless tunes like “Full of Drape”, they lose me. But this is ultimately quite beautiful -- they only break my heart to put plasters on it.
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