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Have a Nice Life, The Unnatural World (Flenser Records)


01/23/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 From somewhere in western Massachusetts comes this haunted sludge-goth duo, UMass grads whose Twittering and whatnot on the subject of their demos and EP led to a proper song-streaming from NPR. Their first LP was the Deathconsciousness double album, similar to this in that it fused Swans-drone with mollusk-speed My Bloody Valentine, but opening track “Guggenheim Wax Museum” ups the band’s ante in the drone space, a portrait of SunnO))) writing a dance song for American Horror Story: Coven (the cover photo sort of helped lead me there too, I’ll admit). “Defenestration Song,” with its tyrannosaur-stalking riff dolled up in garish Birthday Party-style raw production, salutes the industrial-noise flag; “Burial Society” does a Bauhaus-vs-glitch thing. And then it’s Swans-drone again at “Music Will Untune The Sky.” Such diversity will be adored by certain indie-nerds for sure, and the riffy stuff will provide carpool acquaintances of said nerds relief from the intolerable doom-loops. A-  — Eric W. Saeger






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