Tuesday, July 1, 2014

street sects - broken windows, sunken ceilings.

Street Sects - Broken Windows, Sunken Ceilings


1. Gash Addict
2. Disappearing Infamy
3. Public School No. 4

street sects is back with part two of their gentrification series, titled "broken windows, sunken ceilings." it's more of the same, and I mean that as a compliment - the harsh digital rhythms, broken melodies, and abrasive vocals are back in full force on these three short tracks.

leo ashline has stated that these tracks deal with that point when, "fear is no longer a feeling but rather a physical presence. A sick and obsessive presence, one that follows you around tirelessly, breathing down your neck in broad daylight and looming over you while you sleep..."

you know what? that couldn't be more apt.

"gash addict" starts off with real menace before a ravenous beat kicks in. "disappearing infamy" begins as probably the most subdued street sects track yet, but soon juxtaposes that with more brutal sections. all three tracks do a great job at showing off just how multifaceted the street sects sound is - I just wish there was more of it.

I'm really looking forward to listening to all of the gentrification releases as a full-length album but until then, listening to these first two on repeat will have to suffice. and like the first release, this is definitely one that slowly reveals its intricacies with repeated listens. 

as I mentioned in my write-up of part one, any youth code fans will find a lot to like here, although the sound that ashline and cohort shaun ringsmuth have created definitely stands on its' own two feet, no doubt about it. part of what I like and respect so much about street sects' admittedly small output thus far is the commitment to both the musical foreground and the philosophical background. when ashline states that this record is about, "realizing that every day we grow older, the ceiling hangs lower, and the walls of the world contract further," we really see how much insight and depth there is to this project on more than just a musical level.

vinyl is in the works, with some unfortunate delays preventing us from being able to pick it up already...but keep an eye on the bandcamp page and it'll be up for sale soon. do your best to support these guys so they (and we) can continue this journey into decrepit, violent darkness.

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