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Black Hearted Brother

Got Your Love EP

(Slumberland; US: 1 Apr 2014; UK: 31 Mar 2014)

Despite their rather bleak moniker, Black Hearted Brother (a veritable post-rock supergroup featuring members of Slowdive, Seefeel and Opulent Oog) craft sunny, buzzy, synth-heavy, post-everything perfectly suited to warm summer afternoons idly spent wandering about with little to no real direction in mind. The title track, taken from the group’s debut Stars Are Our Home, features everything one would expect from a band like this circa 2014: multiple synth layers, often little more than ARP latched arppegiated figures; distant, hushed, angelic vocals; circular, repetitive melodic figures; disco-indebted drums; and rumbling, distorted bass.


“Don’t Take the Weight” seems to get lost within itself as the title is intoned over and over throughout the track’s relatively short run time, while various squiggly bleeps and bloops tumble about aimlessly. Doubling the original’s length in both instances, the second half of the EP features two remixes of “Got Your Love”, one from Ricardo Tobar, the other from Ultramarine. Of the two, Ultramarine’s improves slightly on the original, bending and stretching things just as one would expect in the age of the remix, however with more of an organic angle than Tobar’s twitchy, techy treatment.


All in all it’s a harmless, if ultimately fairly forgettable offering from one of the many bands currently exploring similar sonic terrain.

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John is a Michigan-based musician and writer.


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15 Jan 2014
Even though Black Hearted Brother is more or less throwing sounds at the wall and seeing what sticks, what we’re left with is pretty impressive.
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