Label: Thrill Jockey

Merry Christmas Eve everybody. If Christmas isn’t your thing, happy holidays. I’ve got another one from psychedelic mind melters White Hills. This is a reissue of their second record for trailblazing Chicago label Thrill Jockey, which also features Ego Sensation on bass alongside the project’s founder Dave W. An interesting detail to note about this release is that the CD version and the vinyl version both have been sequenced differently, along with having different covers and tracks. The player you’ll find on Thrill Jockey‘s site is, I believe, the vinyl sequence. The Spotify player you’ll notice below is the CD sequence. As for the hills though, you know why they’re white? It’s because they torched them with their righteous and raucous shredding. All that remains is the ash. The LP version opens with “In Circles Too” – something that recalls Windy & Carl. Think of it as the breeze that comes to blow the ash away before White Hills light everything on fire again. Listen to the CD version below via the Spotify player, and the LP version by clicking through the Buy Now button, and see what you think of them. Cheers!

The Details

Thrill Jockey
thrill 232 - 2010
White Hills' second Thrill Jockeyrelease White Hills (2010) is back in a limited pressing of only 100 copies.

LP is pressed on black vinyl with white labels, packaged in an ultra-deluxe custom printed jacket with silver foiling and embossing. Includes insert and free download coupon

The CD & LP versions have different cover art, tracks, and sequences. CD Version or Download HERE

Formed by Dave W. on guitar and Ego Sensation on bass, White Hills are an ever changing entity and always striving to push the envelope. "Heads On Fire", out of print on vinyl and CD, was Thrill Jockey's first White Hills release in partnership with London's Rocket Recordings. The album winds through a sonic maze a la Hawkwind, with a nod to the more gritty fuzzed out playing of Mudhoney. The out of print "Dead" EP that followed, explored more drone heavy territory and textured soundscapes. "White Hills" finds the band at a break through point musically. It is still heavy and would certainly be labeled "Space Rock" but it finds the band employing a more open and free flowing style of playing.

Recorded over the course of three days in the summer of 2009, basic tracks for the album were laid down at The Ocropolis, Oneida's studio located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. All drums on the album were played by Kid Millions of Oneida. Later some overdubbing, vocal tracking and mixing were done at 60B in Manhattan. In contrast to previous recordings that were very rigid and adhering to the rehearsed versions, the self-titled album is loose and open. Dave W. wanted to "let things fly" in the studio. The focus was not so much on precision but on capturing the emotion in the playing. At one point while recording the track "Dead", Kid dropped one of his sticks but kept on barreling through the track. What was a mess up ended up adding an new dimension to the song. Everyone thought it was amazing so it was kept in. Dave W. is a very guttural guitar player and whether it's live or in the studio, his goal is to create an emotive experience for the listener. "White Hills" stands apart from previous albums in that there's a certain intimacy to it, a toughness and brutality. In the mind of the band, it is a rebirth, a new beginning, and the eponymous title reflects this.

The LP and CD versions are not only different in artwork, they are sequenced differently with the respective formats in mind. The CD will have three exclusive tracks and is in a deluxe mini-gatefold LP jacket with a full-color booklet. The LP will have two exclusive tracks, come with a download that includes the CD tracks, and have a silver foil embossed sleeve. The band are about to tour with Pontiak in Europe in early 2010, and will follow with a spring tour of the States.

Price $16

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