Philippe Gerber of Heat From A Deadstar and Eyryx has been concentrating on his John 3:16 solo output since, as well as collaborating with the likes of Eisenlager, Anthony Donovan, and Pas Musiqiue. עשר which is Hebrew for Ten continues his path down darkly ambient shoegaze rock with growing ominous swells. Comes with download code for 17 bonus tracks.
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Philippe Gerber of Heat From a DeadStar returns with a new project of shoegaze from the dark recesses, offering a subliminally heavy and desperately relentless fuzz sound. As John 3:16, he’s crafting patient rock music soaked in narrative, building a kind of dark ambient that takes in uneasy melodies, psychedelic repetitions and noises that recall the blank black voids of Ryo Murakami.
It’s no easy listen, and for its runtime it is a tailor-made slog: these songs languish in their dread and are usually driven back into reality by torrid grooves and eerie, diluted riffs. On the record’s proper closer, “The Black Hollow”, Gerber takes the framework of doom metal and channels it at a softer, more subconscious level, allowing the sinewy distortion and acoustic arrangements to blur into one, indecipherable churn. This sound is not easily taken apart; he’s made a record where all the parts become one, swampy whole, a record dedicated to its hard-won and near inescapable atmospheres. Best listened to scornfully.
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