A supple psych offering from Israeli rockers Vaadat Charigim. Sinking As A Stone manages to utilise heavy distortion and screeching guitars whilst sounding sumptuously lush all at once. Drenched in reverb it’s an expansive collection of emotive epics. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Burger Records.
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 23 September 2015These Israeli goth rockers prompted a seemingly bored Phil to do a census on the internet to see which countries were populated with goths. Most, it seems. It’s quite surprising to find out that this record came out of Tel Aviv; I’d say Stockport was more apt. They use tangled, dreamy guitars, a tight rhythm section and blissful vocals (in their own language) to create monolithic slabs of gothy post punk made to soundtrack trailing around Manchester on a rain sodden afternoon in 1983. They are very good. Opener ‘Neshel’ has just that right combination of atmospheric misery and melodic (almost) uplifting bass tones before they fade away into a fog of spectral guitars. ‘Hadavar Haamiti’ goes heavier on the reverbed vocals sounding not unlike many bands on Sacred Bones -- this track is waaay more powerful but they are soon back into resigned depression with ‘Klum’. Some of their guitar soundscapes recall Mogwai but once the vocals drift we are deep into Chameleons and Joy Division territory. The ghosts of early the Cure and Southern Death Cult abound and sometimes it’s comically dark but this is a well produced evocative album of raincoat rock.
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