Monday, April 5, 2010

REVIEW: Blood Blood - Autumn/Harvest

6.5 out of 10

As I've mentioned before in the past, being a part of the "press" has it's perks. Sometimes I receive albums from little known bands that are just coming up in the world. Trust me I'm not complaining, finding gems from unheard of projects is always a good thing. Enter Blood Blood; a new project off of the terrific I Had An Accident Records label, which is also up and coming. "Autumn/Harvest" is Damg's (Bloodx2) first release under the moniker. It is a shining example of Lo-Fi aesthetics blended with Campfire atmospheres, as well as minimal droney electronics. Using only a guitar, keyboard, and a busted microphone made in the 80's. Blood Blood delivers the kind of music that only fans of Microphones/Mt. Eerie, Animal Collective, or Our Brother The Native may come to agree with.

"Autumn/Harvest" has a very cohesive feel between all of the tracks. Low-end bass/static sounds emanate through the warmest sounding recordings, vocals barely audible add an element of charm and emotional disposition, keyboards, usually in the form of an organ-esque/"buzz" sound are sustained, a few drum machine sounds are used, and a guitar which offers both a simple melody as well as a click tempo to some of the tracks. The sounds that are offered here are indeed simple, but due to their "simple" nature, they come off as charming and somewhat elegant. Tracks like Lumb, bring to mind the early bedroom recording days of Fog, catchy/chill/melancholy. We all know Lo-Fi can be one of the harder genre's to "understand", but I think if you take a chance with the sounds on "Autumn/Harvest" you may come to appreciate the genre that much more.

This is L-O---F-I. If you're a fan of the genre, you will love this. Overall I am pleased with the experience, but like I said some may find the recordings hard to swallow at points. Still though, I am definitely interested to see where this artist takes his music in the future.

Standout Tracks: Kbye, Lumb (LOVE this track, especially when the piano comes in), Naked


damg said...

Thank you, this is lovely! The next one will be better when i finish it.
Enormous thank you's, for writing about me. :)