Tuesday, October 15, 2019

HXXS - Year Of The Witch [Captured Tracks Promo]

Scheduled for release via Captured Tracks on October 18th, 2k19 is "Year Of The Witch", the debut album created by Jeannie Colleene and Gavin Neves a.k.a. HXXS. Initially created in a camper van throughout a six months lasting tour effort the duos longplay firstling caters a menu of twelve tracks which later had to be re-recorded from memory due to a harddrive theft, starting with the harsh, unsettling, polyrhythmic cut "Last Days Of Magic" sporting intense, haunting and poly-layered vocal tracks for dark nightmares whilst the follow up "Double Down" weighs in elements of Future Tribal and PostPunk whilst "Hail Mary" even introduces an otherworldy take on harsh Industrial Funk of sorts. "Learner" takes us back to the Leftfield / Alternative Electronic Pop movement of the early 90s, "Up South" caters an amalgamation of fever'ish Industrial (Rock) madness and an echo of what once was known as Ingenious Dilletantes genrewise whereas "No Price On That Power" pairs innocent, child-like vocals with a rhythm section somewhat reminiscent of Germany's Einstürzende Neubauten ca. "Kollaps" but on a computer processed level. "This Loss Of Blood Has Me Feeling Some Type Of Way" gets into aggressive riot girl territories whilst staying in true HXXS fashion, "Their Satanic Majesty's 3rd Request", a collaboration with Kyp Malone of TV On The Radio-fame, could be described as a love child of Leftfield Pop, Freak Funk and Industrial Desert Blues before "Hard To Tell" tears advanced dancefloors apart with a raw and untamed uptempo attitude. Introducing the "Year Of The Knife" could easily become an underground dancefloor hit of sorts due to its unique, repetetive nature and distinct heavy, distorted riffing whilst "Full Health" is on a full on psychotic downward spiral and the final cut "Build A Fire" sees HXXS at their most playful, yet defo not user friendly, tip on this album. Let's hope in a parallel universe they do play HXXS on daytime radio - and let's all move there!


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