When a song is just way too cool for its own good its hard to find the words. I’ve always maintained that my blog was about the music speaking for itself and today’s track does this and then some….This bad boy is beyond words and clocking in at over 20 minutes long it feels more like an epic voyage, an expedition through deep & exploratory roaming bass lines, otherworldly cosmic sounds and mind-bending melodies. Vocals come and go as if to mark a point in this sonic adventure, their smoothness a subtle steering aid through heady, heavy jazz-fuelled terrain – I’m not usually one for long drawn-out tracks, but this absorbs you into its melodic fibres like sun to the skin….this is 20 minutes well spent!
So, Henchlock! This mighty musical moment comes to you courtesy of the Oh Sees latest offering, Face Stabber. Releasing last week, almost exactly a year after Smote Reverser, the record was came out on John Dwyer’s Castle Face Records along with an entertaining press release which read as follows:
“Hey there, human kids, lift your face out of the feed trough and pluck that feculence from your ears. Hark! A sonar blip from beneath the pile of bodies—the latest Oh Sees, Face Stabber! Boop, blip, ughhh….people churning like a boiling swamp. Man, this din is nauseating. The screen flickers for the first time this year with a transmission from two months in the future: “the internet has deemed guitar music dead and you are free to do whatever the fuck you like ….long live the new flesh!”
This album is Soundcloud hip-hop reversed, a far flung nemesis of contemporary country and flaccid algorithmic pop-barf. No songs about money or love are floating in the ether. Just memories, echoes, foggy blurs, blip-blop goes the scope, heavy funk, dystopia-punk canons, long jams, bloated solos dribbling down your caved-in chest.”
Lose yourself in a darkened room and check out the monumental Henchlock above.