Thousand Foot Whale Claw: Cosmic Winds tape (Constellation Tatsu, 2016)

April 15, 2016 at 5:46 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Thousand Foot Whale Claw: Cosmic Winds tape

Thousand Foot Whale Claw: Cosmic Winds tape

This Austin-based group shares members with Troller and S U R V I V E, and while in some ways they seem like they’re somewhere between the two, they’re really on another plane entirely. I saw them at a Holodeck Records showcase at SXSW once, and it felt like a different band was taking the stage for every track. There’s dark, atmospheric soundtrack-like pieces, but also pulsating arpeggio drone and airy post-Hillage guitar psych explorations. This tape is much the same, it inhabits a lot of spaces and it does everything splendidly. “Cosmic Winds The Song” is a 10-minute early highlight, but then there’s the noisy rift of “Dark Mote” and then the lighter, more vibrant “Cassini”. “Hyugens” slips in a motorik machine rhythm, then “Mood Light” is pure tranquility. Seriously impressive tape, and it gets better on repeated listens.

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