Flenser Records is one of the most exciting labels out thereÂ right now, consistentlyÂ bringing new artists into their roster thatÂ defy genres and push boundaries. Â Their reissue of Have A Nice Life’s 2008 masterpieceÂ DeathconsciousnessÂ was arguably the best vinyl package I bought last year (Who’s with me on that??), and their attention to detail is top notch. Â Challenging, experimental metal (experimetal?) and atmospheric post-punk anthems await you. Â If you haven’t done so already, dive in.
King Woman was started by Kristina Esfandiari in 2009, and has since released a few EPs under the name. Â She also fronted Whirr for a few years, a favorite band among the shoegazers and noisemakers. Â 2015 marks King Woman’s first full-length, and according to The Flenser, it’s “a haunting sprawl of crushing, slo-mo miserablism.” Â As morose as that sounds, Esfandiari makes something uniquely beautiful here. Â In the same way that Chelsea Wolfe’s breathy inflection invokes bothÂ anguishÂ and comfort, King Woman turns pain into sublime.
The guitars sound like they’re literally weeping on the 15 minute sprawler Dove from her previous EP Dove/Fond Affections. Â Echos of eerie whispers bounce through the cavernous production, violins sway in and out of frame, and above all, Esfandiari carries all of it along onÂ her powerful, yet humble delivery.
It’s limited to 500 copies, and you have a choice between black and ‘milky clear’. Â I imagine the clear edition is a pressing of 200 and the black is 300, but that’s just speculation. Â Regardless of the color you choose, don’t pass this one up. Â Winter’s here. Â Let’s get miserable together.
Doubt is a follow-up to previous EP releases Dove / Fond Affections (The Native Sound) and Degrida / Sick Bed (Sleep Genius). First pressing limited to 500 copies!
ââ¦ both a classical approach to composition and a modern narrative of expressing sadness through slow-sinking quicksand.â âImpose
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive