Sunday, October 16, 2011

Collection of the Late Howell Bend Review

Beasts for a While was reviewed by Brandon at Olive Music. This is a re-posting of that review.

"When I was first mailed this disc, I couldn't have been more excited to put it on, based entirely on the artwork. I was expecting something maniacal, evil, and disgusting. And while some may argue that is exactly what I got, I was definitely surprised when the needle dropped. What I soon found out is that The Collection Of The Late Howell Bend is not a black metal band, a wall noise project, or even some type of witch house act, but some type of next-level piano/synth/vocals post-neofolk meandering. AWESOME.

While I was initially intrigued by the strings, pianos, and vocals, I do want to use this opportunity to call out the cheese factor on some of the tracks. The synth lines often sound (and feel) like they were pulled out of a discarded Legend Of Zelda game for the Super Nintendo, which, although not entirely un-enjoyable, almost don't fit in with the feel of Beasts For A While. However, as much as that synth doesn't fit in with the album, it also fits perfectly. Along with the piano and cello, you are transported to a screened in porch, cramped tight with good friends, warmed by cheap wine, and the smells of summer are fresh in your breath. At least, that's what I got out of my first few listens.

Perhaps the more I listen to this album, the more places I will be transported to. Perhaps not, but that's not going to stop me from trying because the moment you lift the needle from the silent locked groove, you'll just want to flip the record and start it all over again. Oh, and if that's not enough to get you to buy this, tell me how many 11" records you have ever seen."

Beasts for A While is still available from Ownness Records!

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