50 FOOT WAVE – ” Black Pearl “

Posted: February 14, 2022 in MUSIC
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50 Foot Wave are led by Kirsten Hirsch of Throwing Muses. The band are a power trio, whose music is heavier, more experimental and, on the whole, a bit weirder than Throwing Muses – an outlet for Hirch’s more esoteric material.  ‘Black Pearl’ is the band’s second album and sees gigantic distorted guitars, heavy bass and drums and menacing dark melodies. Like passing comets, releases by 50 Foot Wave are few and far between; their hypnotic mixture of ice-cold uneasy listening carefully warmed into its own unique sound by the sun. 

50 Foot Wave (Kristin Hersh’s ‘other’ band with fellow Throwing Muses’ members Bernard Georges and Rob Ahlers) announce new album ‘Black Pearl’ out 15th April. Listen to the first single ‘Staring Into The Sun’ a sonic trip from grunge melancholy to drone-core menace

Last sighted with 2016’s ‘Bath White’  EP and before that in 2011 on the ‘With Love From The Men’s Room’50 Foot Wave return with ‘Black Pearl’, as its title might suggest; an anomaly, a rarity, a gem. The title refers to the neighbourhood in New Orleans where the record was written.

Starting with the dark and light of it all (they are specialists at fusing unlikely bedfellows), there’s the heavy, echoey riff of ‘Staring Into The Sun’  with all of its grunge melancholy and dronecore menace – it’s them at their fuzzy best with time changes, key changes and a sliver of melody introducing a false state of calm, a suggestion that’s further examined on the following ‘Hog Child’, a teasingly mellow moment that sounds perfectly baroque by comparison, with Kristin’s vocal and her spidery guitar slowly dissolving into itself as bass and drums become motorik.

Fire Records To be released on: 2022-04-15

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