Westerbur & Rowe: 2018 LP (Northern Ashram, 2018)

July 27, 2018 at 10:45 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Westerbur & Rowe: 2018 LP

Detroit duo Westerbur & Rowe continue their series of long-form psychic explorations with their fifth full-length album (there was also a 10″ EP following the first LP). Rowe is currently a member of His Name Is Alive, and Westerbur has played with Electric Six, the Meatmen, King Tuff, and many others. Together, they play synth-heavy, side-long compositions somewhere in between Krautrock, prog, and minimalism. Some of it’s like Zombi but not quite as horror-obsessed, although there’s no reason why this wouldn’t work as a soundtrack to some sort of disturbing movie. The second side (J), is more vibrant, and has a sort of cinematic soul-funk bent to it, as well as organ solos which are heavy enough to fool you into thinking they’re being played on a guitar. Vinyl LPs are available at Detroit-area record stores, or at Bandcamp, and are well worth picking up.

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