Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Like Love Katy, Small Hours occupies an extremely unique position in the HNW microcosm.  My first exposure to Small Hours' aesthetic was a lone track called "My Walls Would Suck Without You," a brutal reworking of the Kelly Clarkson pop dream nugget that somehow managed to fuse the almost desperate yearning of the source to an equally apocalyptic squall of wall.  Popular music has the capacity to infect and remain and become something of a mass sedative; in a similar sense, the stagnancy inherent in so much HNW can become lulling and achieve a state close to transcendental stasis.
Enter then Small Hours' brilliant deconstruction of perhaps the most "popular" of all popular music, easy listening.  Burt Bacharach and Hal David are universal, and "Performs the Songs of Bacharach and David" is a radical effort to transform that universality into something beyond its original ambition, a reimagining of a standard defined by decades of cultural nostalgiah.  Your grandparents knew these songs, your parents knew them, and they're floating somewhere in your subconscious as well.  Across these six tracks, Small Hours indulges in a variety of massive textures and tonalities, from crumbling, ghostly static to all-out torrential downpours of scathing extremity.  Fusing it all so seamlessly to source material thought of as anathema to the conception of HNW marks the record as an intensely visionary work.  No one else is doing this.
Altar Of Waste is proud to release this gauntlet to the world.  Packaged in a DVD case with artwork assembled and constructed by Cory Strand, in a limited edition of 20 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $18 rest of world.


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