“Burgeoning Verse” is a collaborative album between Ben Chisholm of Chelsea Wolfe‘s band and Felix Skinner of Wreck & Reference fame. Recorded over a 36 hour session using vintage guitars, bassoons, analog synths and pedals and a guest appearance by Andrew Clinco of Drab Majesty and Marriages to drum on the lead single.
This album sounds like a soundtrack to a non-existent movie. It’s very mood driven, dark and apocalyptic. I tend to gravitate more towards instrumental music for the most part, but for some reason, this album seems to me like it would have worked better as an EP rather than a full length. At 45 minutes it’s not a huge burden as say a double or triple disk album (I’m looking at you, Prurient) but it seems to me like some of it could have been cut down.
That’s not to say this was a terrible album by any means, I just found myself getting distracted towards the middle and losing focus. It started to get a little same-y for me and I wanted to hear some new textures. That was all turned around by the time I reached VIII though. The introduction of singing bowls and other high frequency drones fading in and out of each other made my ears perk up again.
The lull in the middle of the album is another factor that makes me feel like this could be soundtrack to a film. Sometimes without the context of a film, movie scores can seem like aimless mood pieces that are just space filler. So, maybe I lost the context somewhere in my listening sessions.
Overall though, I think this was a solid effort and collaboration. Especially when you consider the amount of time that was taken to record these pieces. I hope that Ben and Felix decide to do it again because I think they’re definitely on to something here.
Release Date: April 20th, 2018
Label: Weyrd Son Records
Favorite Tracks: “ROI”, “Cult of Ignorance”, “Cat’s Cradle” and “Kakistocracy”
For Fans Of: Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, Jonny Greenwood, Twin Peaks, Mamiffer