Subheim: Foray (Denovali, 2015)January 8, 2016 at 6:01 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment
Subheim’s third album (and first in five years) is an ideal soundtrack for a bleary late night spent walking around an unfamiliar city with a heavy heart. Opening with scraping, discordant strings, the album contains shivering vocal samples, heartbroken pianos, and lots of slowly paced beats. “Red Ridge” is a flickering trip-hop track which recalls Massive Attack at their most windswept. “Forsaken” rides a knocking midtempo beat, and contains moaning, disembodied vocals, tense strings, gritty guitar, and gently bumping bass. “Arktos” embraces uptempo techno rhythms, with heavily detailed, shifting beats, layers of pianos and strings, and whispered vocals underneath. “Berlin” ends the album with the street sounds (a passing ambulance, a stopping bus) and more whispering.