Thalassa is, in fact, William Fowler Collins paired with Aaron Turner of Isis and Sumac, working in a dark drone mode. Bonds Of Prosperity feels like it alludes to a wealth of the heavier genres (black metal, sludge metal etc.) without ever actually crunching into a song: it feels like the long eerie calm before a storm. Double LP on SIGE.
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Massive. Massive rocks. Massive rocks falling down a hill, onto other rocks. In slow motion. Your teeth grinding as it happens. In even slower motion. These are essentially all the feelings possessing my imagination as I listen to the opening track of ‘Bonds of Prosperity’, a newie devised of post-metalhead Aaron Turner (famed via old band Isis) and noise artist William Fowler Collins. Together they make a record of thunderous and blinding ambience, one that sucks at the soul with widescreen sorrow.
It sounds like changing weather. “Pitted Aegis” and “Secular Pyres” are two tracks on which the artist meticulously plot their sounds to move between types of stillness, with the latter going from a near vacant drone sustain into a noisy, scarred landscape where things are just as slow but full of hail. You don’t even notice these moments handover to one another -- your ears start grinding and you don’t know when they’ll stop.
This one’s for fans of two flipsides of drone, be it deep and emptied in the vein of Pauline Oliveros and her deep listening, or metallic and cracked like a good Nadja tune. They match of both sounds quite beautifully, keeping the record slight despite its grievances, only occasionally thrusting the volume up into euphoric regions -- “Face Obscure” is up with the angels, but this record is mostly a big open vacuum with a couple things in it.
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