With Growing on indefinite hiatus Kevin Doria has returned with his new primary project Total Life. Bender/Drifter is made up of two sidelong tracks exploring minimal modulation changes and processes on lofty walls of roaring drone. This verticality of composition owes something to Matthew Bower’s sculptural fuzz techniques, though long time fans will recognize the minimalistic tones as echoing some early Growing tracks like Anaheim II. Bender/Drifter is like staring at the sun through a thin sheet of overcast. A muted burning glow, stoically unchanging, yet remade by the slowly drifting buttlines.
The sophomore solo effort from Hiss Golden Messenger bassist Scott Hirsch offers a fresh batch of songs that kick back to classic country, tempered with a satisfying dose of psychedelia. Bandcamp Album of the Day Dec 7, 2018