Temporary Residence Ltd. have been treating us lately to some synergized post-rock supergroups, first with Inventions, the brain power between Eluvium and Explosions in the Sky, and now with Watter, a collaboration between Zak Riles of Grails fame and Britt Walford, drummer for Slint and Evergreen.
I would imagine this meeting of minds to produce something quite brooding…menacing, even. ¬†Rustic Fog¬†gives us that feeling immediately, like a modern-day Riders on the Storm. ¬†There’s a stranger on the edge of town, and the pulsating synthesizer and metronomic train track rhythm breathe life into this mysterious drifter. ¬†I could almost see this being a single from Dirty Beaches’ catalogue or a David Lynch soundtrack, both perfect vibes for a vinyl listen.
At a mere $15, I don’t expect these to be around very long. ¬†Hurry up, because there’s a killer on the road.
Watter is a new trio made up of close friends and collaborators whose collective pedigree reads like a desert island list of must-haves in experimental rock musicians. Multi-instrumentalists Zak Riles (Grails) and Tyler Trotter are anchored by legendary drummer Britt Walford (Slint, Evergreen) on six genre-defying pieces of monolithic mood music. For Riles and Trotter, it's a chance to dig deeper into the sandbox in which Grails have sculpted many mercurial masterpieces in recent years; for Walford, it's the opportunity to play a substantial role in a new active band for the first time in nearly twenty years. Written, recorded, and produced entirely in the group's collective studios in Louisville, KY, This World is a stunning combination of heady psychedelic rock, vintage cinematic New Age explorations, and sinister Krautrock, performed with seemingly endless stamina. Born out of many late-night jam sessions, many songs also feature fellow Louisville icons ‚Äď Rachel Grimes (Rachel's) provides several of the album's most sublime moments, and The For Carnation's Todd Cook lays the heavy, bass-driven foundation for the penultimate epic, "Seawater" ‚Äď as well as a subtle, sinister contribution from legendary King Crimson bassist Tony Levin. This World is the kind of album that inspires renewed wonder in the mysterious powers of Louisville's water supply. It draws impossibly broad inspiration from decades of Eastern and Western folk, rock, ambient, film score, library music, and neoclassical, and masterfully emerges with an ever-enveloping suite perfectly befitting its constantly curious composers.
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