B/B/S – Brick Mask & Half Moon [2013, Miasmah Recordings]

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By now miasmah recordings have proven their high level output is one to watch out for, with gems like Gabriel Saloman’s Adhere solo effort LP or Kreng’s awesome box set in late ’12 being some of last year’s most interesting outings. I won’t lie, I was not aware of who the other two dudes involved were until this release was announced, but Eric Skodvin’s (aka Svarte Greiner) name on the cover was enough to make me expect this LP anxiously. This is a proper drone band, beautifully enorchestrated with layers of stringwork brought together by minimal yet essential drum patterns, that creates a soundscape of very dark and deep melancholic music. Just pour a glass of your favorite alcoholic beverage and let B/B/S sink you in a sea of mellow and subtle, hulking masses of water surrounding you on all sides, slowly and gracefully pealing of layer over layer of land each time the moon gets closer. Time is of no essence now as you delve on the verge of unconsciousness. Take your time with this one, it gets more rewarding with each flip of the wax on the platter. Miasmah has been kind enough to upload every release of theirs for the masses to enjoy, I guess only to convince you that streaming is not enough for this music. The 7″ not only helps drive the point home with extra sessions of the band doing their thing, but makes it an essential extension to the long player.

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