Thought Forms - Songs About Drowning [CD]
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Invada Records’ Thought Forms are that very rare band for whom the term “sonic progression” actually applies. With the Wiltshire three piece’s critically acclaimed eponymous debut, the band experimented with a beguiling, compelling atmospheric sound, all cinematic soundscapes and yawning chasms of noise. With their sophomore effort ‘Ghost Mountain’, the band found their teeth, biting back with a monster of a record that sounded as visceral and immediate as it was loose and experimental, and appearances on the award-winning “Ex Machina” soundtrack and with Adrian Utley’s Guitar Orchestra have cemented the band’s position in the vanguard of exciting, experimental new British acts.
Listen to the first track from the album here: https://soundcloud.com/invadauk/thought-forms-forget-my-name
Now, with their third full length release ‘Songs About Drowning’, Charlie Romijn (guitars / vocals), Deej Dhariwal (guitars / vocals) and Guy Metcalfe (drums) kick it up yet another notch, pushing the boat out even further to create a strange, intoxicating album, their most accomplished to date and certainly their most fascinating.
A contributing factor of this sea-change was the addition of Get The Blessing / Portishead bass player (and producer of 'Ghost Mountain') Jim Barr. A strong ally of the band since they first toured with Portishead back in 2011, this time he was invited onboard not only as producer but as a fourth member. The resultant album is Thought Forms at their most refined, although that doesn’t mean that it lacks a pulse by any stretch of the imagination. Instead it’s the opposite – by combining songwriting methods they’d used in the past, they honed and sharpened their sound to a knife edge. The colossal, completely improvised opus “Aeaea” slowly builds into a maelstrom of beautifully attuned noise with piano, drums and even horns adding to its perfect storm. Similarly, “Forget My Name” and “By the Stars” build on improvised drum patterns to become beautifully hypnotic, seductive tour de forces which rank among the band’s best yet. With the band adding new instruments and a new level of confidence into the mix, ‘Songs About Drowning’ could well be the record that sees Thought Forms getting the recognition they so richly deserve as unparalleled British sonic noiseniks bar none, and see them carrying on the proud lineage of off-kilter noise pop, joining the ranks of My Bloody Valentine, Suicide and many more.
Thought Forms take their imitable live show on the road with 65daysofstatic this autumn. Beloved amongst some of the most influential bands of recent times, they have played extensively with Portishead across North America and Europe and in the past have also supported Thurston Moore, White Hills and Beak> amongst many others.
1. Forget My Name
2. Woolf Music
3. The Bridge
7. By The Stars
9. The Lake