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wolf eyes - no answer lower floors (experimedia.net album preview)

Experimedia with Scup on April 11, 2013 16:25

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    *Excerpts from the album. Now available at Experimedia.net.* And like that Wolf Eyes return. For a band that occupies 10 pages on Discogs' releases section it might be hard to tell they ever left, but "No Answer: Lower Floors" is the next chapter after their last "proper" full-length appeared on Hospital Productions in 2009. Though the musty creep and errant frequencies of past releases are still in tow, "No Answer: Lower Floors" feels like an exciting new turn for the Michigan noise legends, even if it serves as a reunion of sorts with past members Aaron Dilloway and Mike Connelly contributing to it. It would be wrong to use the word "mature" in describing their latest album, but it is clear that a heightened sense of detail and odd dynamics prevail to leave their tracks with more space and possibility. A prime example is the relatively quiet 12 minute "Confession of the Informer" that creaks and groans with messy delay effects and distant rumbles, making the lacerating guitar feedback that screams through the following track even more powerful. Wolf Eyes sound like artists rejuvenated and "No Answer: Lower Floors" is a terrific blast that boldly announces just that. – Ryan Potts, Experimedia

    "No Answer : Lower Floors is the record of 2013 you need to be most worried about. No Answer : Lower Floors is further flesh to the shadowy silhouette cast by this Michigan art abstraction unit, perenially poised on the cusp of a precipice. Wolf Eyes will carry on forever but always remain mysteriously unfinished. The No Answer : Lower Floors material covers all bases: tough to toughest to tangled, all done in the Wolves' least convoluted smooth style. The vocals, delays, primitive electronics, woodwinds and raw guitar of newest member Jamas Baljo create a new destroyed space to crawl through. No Answer : Lower Floors was recorded and mixed at the Michigan Underground Group's gambling/clubhouse/art space, with the usually 2D-flat quality of the drums and electronics given creeping new brightness-life within the hollow echo acoustics of the sacred space's cinder prisons. No Answer : Lower Floors shares a natural feel with previous Wolf Eyes efforts but goes much further in detailing their underworld of odd melodies and mangled harmonics. Within their system-based economic compositions, there remains zero room for wasted space. Wolf Eyes return to longtime friendbase and Interzone of outsider art De Stijl Records, with whom the band worked on No Face Lives, their collaboration with Smegma, and the loner blues cerebration unit Stare Case's Lose Today. No Answer : Lower Floors features former members Aaron Dilloway and Mike Connelly, and thus is a family homecoming of sorts. More important, it's the dawn of a new Wolf Eyes era."

    Released by: de stijl
    Release/catalogue number: destijl164lp
    Release date: Apr 11, 2013

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