Hyrda Head sure knows how to pick Ďem!
I do honestly mean that in a good way, however. The label has a certain knack for picking up and signing bands with something special. Those intangibles that canít be taught, that ability not to write songs, but to craft songs. Thatís where the true art in music lies.
You see, Everlovely Lightningheart want to take you somewhere. On a trip, a journey, an adventure, to anywhere. Listening to this self-titled record forces one to draw their own conclusions about the capacity of music, and what a given album can do to them. Musicians can only provide so much. Guitar, voice, ambience, piccolo, it doesnít matter, the point is, listening is a unique experience for everyone, and itís an album like this that has the capacity to bring about that realization in everyone.
At the same time, Iím going to be straight with you -- not many of you will like this album, at all. But if youíre already a fan of most of Hydra Headís output, namely that Boris with Merzbow album put out last year, thereís a very good chance that youíre going to enjoy this. Thereís no uniform sound, no set style, no restrictions. Itís a combination of some light instrumentation, and a lot of focus on soundscapes. As I said before, itís not so much the music itself, but what you take from it.
The one solitary track on here is 40 minutes long, called ďCusp,Ē and it goes through a plethora of stages, ranging from a variety of instrumentation, be it guitar or harp, to ambient drone, to absolutely anything in between. It doesnít quite have the epic feel that Boris and Merzbow had, but thatís not the sound itís aiming for. It does however, try to evoke the same general feel. Itís about the mood. Itís about how something so minimal could be so gorgeous. About halfway through, when thereís nothing more than harp strings being plucked, and some broad, all encompassing soundscapes, thereís real beauty in the simplicity of it all. The music then tails off for a brief respite, before coming back in with all kinds of calamity. The sounds of echoed voices, clanging, reverb, all populate the same small bit of musical space, until a much more delicate stage of the song carries it out, remaining tight and tense all the while.
Hydra Head continues to push the envelope with acts like this, acts that Iím sure they fully realize that not very many people will be into. Itís music that fitís a very specific mood, and a very specific niche, and if you find yourself residing in either of those, this is a band youíll want to be listening to.