Ultraphallus - Sowberry Hagan
Ultraphallus' new album Sowberry Hagan was tracked on a farm in Belgium and while it isn’t full of country twang, it does sound like it was recorded in someone’s barn (and actually has a bit of banjo too). That scuzzy, lo-fi sound is what makes the album so enjoyable though, and also what gives a slightly nightmarish feel at times. Opener ‘Pathological Freemind Verse’ explores harsh noise, slow doomy riffs and deranged vocals, while ‘Right Models’ is a more thrashy piece, akin to the frantic side of Boris. This switch between styles feels a bit schizophrenic at times, but at the end of the day that’s what makes this so awesome. ‘Indians Love Rain’ travels through spacey ambience and altogether sparser sound before falling into a cataclysmic flurry of screeched distortion and massive riffs. In fact the weirder the band sound, the better it gets and ‘The Red Print’ is a stunning example of this. Creepy, bubbling samples punctuated by the subtle groans and croons of Oxbow's Eugene Robinson make this quite a dark and harrowing piece of music, and mark out Ultraphallus as taking doom into a whole other world.