Premiere: Hiss Tracts – “…shortwave nights”

Posted by on April 28, 2014

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Elegiac elegance isn’t exactly the first thing you’d expect from a collaboration of David Bryant (founding member of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Set Fire to Flames) and Kevin Doria (founding member of Growing and sole noise terrorist of Total Life), but subtlety and nuance is precisely what’s brought to the table. Both musicians have more than forced the hand of Post Rock in their time, with Bryant focusing on the cinematic qualities of the genre and Doria eschewing the immediately recognizable genre modes for more frenetic and alien trips of guitar- and synth-based drone and noise, culminating with Growing’s Color Wheel LP and Total Life’s entire discography. The pairing also makes perfect sense given Godspeed’s recent election for Doria to open as Total Life for Godspeed’s late-2012 comeback.

But now that the context is settled, we’re greeted with “…shortwave nights,” the third glimpse into the duo’s debut LP made public. The eight-minute track hits perfectly at the strengths of both acts: lush but sinister, nightmarish but dreamlike, oppressed but elevated. The sustained bell tone and feedback provides ample industrial decay, while the shimmering guitar chord lets a little light into the scene, allowing sudden and brief moments of literal brilliance. Although there is a definite burden to these sounds, a grim sense of dread, Hiss Tracts maintains an uplifting tone that fits snugly in Constellation’s canon. Shortwave Nights is available to pre-order now (out May 13) via Constellation Records.