Haikai No Ku are a noise-psych horde from Newcastle and Temporary Infinity is their latest excursion into psychedelic walls of feedback and deranged ultra-slow metal. This three-piece make an unholy racket that far exceeds their number. Box Records have released this nightmarish and heavy drone-rock on 180 gram wax that includes a download code.
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7/10 Robin Staff review, 03 March 2016
Haikai No Ku do an EP; a wall contentedly falls down. Such is my imagined trajectory for ‘Temporary Infinity’, which cruises nonchalantly through thirty minutes of raw power sludge. Supplementing their heavy, crucially slow grooves with psychedelic wahing, the band seem to anonymise their sound, as if offering an endless tapestry of stoner rock wallpaper for our casual ears. I know, they want it to crush, but there’s something nice ‘n’ chill about their jams.
The subdued, almost watery production of ‘Temporary Infinity’ brings the listener into studio proximity with the band, making you feel as if you’re preparing the guitars, navigating the distortion and adding in the fills yourself. Unlike a lot of heavy stoner, where it feels kinda like a fight with the wilderness, this record feels like an enjoyable practice session; “Temporary Factory” brings the drums to the fore as the guitars, abstracting under the fuzz, play out of view. “Blind Summit” is a screeching onslaught of guitar noise that begins to clip with the same casual vibe of Les Razilles Denudes; it starts to eat away at the ears, but not out of spite.
Like, have you ever heard stoner jams this humble? They are the smiley face emoji of their genre.
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