50 FOOT WAVE – ” Black Pearl “

Posted: April 22, 2022 in MUSIC

“Black Pearl” is the brand new album from 50 Foot Wave: Kristin Hersh’s ‘other’ band – active since 2003, with fellow Throwing Muses’ member Bernard Georges on bass and drummer Rob Ahlers. A sonic trip from the heavy, echoey riff of ‘Staring Into The Sun’ with all of its grunge melancholy and dronecore menace to the perfectly baroque ‘Hog Child’ with its spidery guitar that dissolves into motorik bass and drums.

“50 Foot Wave are infinitely harder hitting and blunter than anything Hersh has produced previously” BBC Music 50 Foot Wave are ever changing, enigmatic, flashing between moods, leaping walls of sound. From their very beginnings, the trio have been hailed in various quarters as “an outlet for the material deemed too weird or wild for Throwing Muses”, their “menacing, stalking, spirals of lean, hungry riffs, set alight” as “feedback rips into the fragile melody”. Detuned and discordant at will.

50 Foot Wave release second single ‘Hog Child’ taken from their new album ‘Black Pearl’ set for release on 15th April on Fire Records. At their fuzzy best with time changes, key changes and a sliver of melody introducing a false state of calm, ‘Hog Child’ is a teasingly mellow moment that sounds perfectly baroque with Kristin’s vocal and her spidery guitar slowly dissolving into itself as bass and drums become motorik.

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. They are travelling to other dimensions, an unyielding triad that creates a sound so much bigger than the wave they surf.

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 returned 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.

50 Foot Wave continue to traverse the rigid tension of their own sound. They remain detuned and discordant at will.

Live 2nd May: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK

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