Rough Trade's Albums of the Month - November
This is the 10th studio album from musician and author Kristin Hersh as seen in Throwing muses as well as 50 Foot Wave and of course solo. Kristin Hersh is a legend.
A rocking it shaking the room pop goes boom album. Rough and rowdy psych -shimmer rock. Rumbling lo-fi pop anthems with ridiculously stomach-wobbling tremolo-ridden (all hail it sounds great!) guitar. Gloriously harmonious pop vocals. Like the best bits of the anthemic ‘90s with some of the wilder bits of ‘60s psych coming out to play with the best of the current crop of Aussie/American psych bands.
Enveloping the juxtaposition of the concept of ‘dark sunshine’, a brooding solo record creating with friends to expand her off-kilter sonic vision; a squally, squeaky mix of discordant beauty. Feedback and phasing gyrate from simply strummed normality, imagine Dinosaur Jr and My Bloody Valentine cranking up a Dylan couplet. Messing with both extremes of the sonic spectrum: atonal and arrhythmic, a unique sound and a glorious return to form for one of alternative rock’s true innovators.
“Sometimes the most subversive thing I can do musically is adhere to standard song structure, sometimes the creepiest chords are the ones we’ve heard before, twisted into different shapes, and sometimes a story is lived a thousand times before we can ride it like a roller coaster. Nothing wholly unfamiliar is gonna make you look twice. When you can describe a record as being “deceptively” anything, you’re hinting at the sociopathic nature of music. Something I love. Imagine truly buying your own sunshine and charm, but also your darkness and violence; the two sides of your psychology showing each other off in relief. Songs can do that...we can’t, really. Darkness we’ve seen.” Kristin Hersh, July 2018
LP - Black Vinyl.
LP+ - Limited Silver Vinyl.
CD - Digipack with Booklet.