• wussy What Heaven Is Like (CD, £11.50)

    label: Damnably

    Wussy return with their darkest offering yet. With songs inspired by the “Fargo” TV show (Gloria), daredevil stunts and the atom bomb (One Per Customer), Charles Burns’s “Black Hole” (Tall Weeds, Cake, Black Hole) and seemingly endless months of incessantly bleak news cycles. The writing duo of guitarists/vocalists Chuck Cleaver and Lisa Walker, with bassist Mark Messerly, drummer Joe Klug and pedal steel player John Erhardt, echo their Midwestern American landscape as a sustained drone, accented with jagged guitar, small rays of hope and a shimmering orchestration of cello, bowed bass and 70s synthesizer. And of course, noise... always noise. Much of this album was written in the studio, including two tracks composed on-the-spot as the tape was left running (Black Hole, Firefly). In a departure for the group, the LP also includes two covers: 1977’s Aliens in Our Midst by cult Sacramento band The Twinkeyz, as well as a cover of singer-songwriter Kath Bloom’s wearily beautiful Oblivion. Tracks: One Per Customer / Cake / Gloria / Tall Weeds / Firefly / Aliens In Our Midst / Skip / Oblivion / Nope / Black Hole

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