Backwards

by Head Dress

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Archival release from 2010 featuring new artwork (originally released on Distance Recordings). Meditative passages. Big waves of heavy doom drone.

MORE HEAD DRESS: head-dress.bandcamp.com

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released June 1, 2015

Recorded in Providence, RI.
Originally released on Distance Recordings in 2010.
Thanks to AS, MPG, TMNS.

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"Moments of delicate, almost conversational guitar gradually overwhelmed by an ever thickening blackened swirl. This is a music by someone who knows how to mix. The soundscape is absolutely massive, each and every instrument is cleanly audible and available to be examined individually, and melds perfectly to the whole. The heavy is whoa heavy, and the light just dances. The whole thing absolutely breathes with you."
- Guide Me Little Tape

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"Head Dress’ sense of pacing is exemplary whether using the cold, filtered sounds of modular synths as on “Warren” released last year on Phinery, or when using passages of slowly evolving reverberated guitar and distortion as he does here on “Backwards”. The melodic passages inch forward adding small pieces with every rotation growing into a massive force. Hair, the second track, builds with a slow and disorienting dread like the tide calmly rising up above your shoulders, creeping towards your neck. Reverberating wails of shimmering metallic guitar shine through and fade as pulsing heartbeats."
- Ian Franklin at Tabs Out on Backwards:

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"The drones are dense and complex, but they don’t stray too far into abstraction. Every once in a while, the slap of a hard body is heard, or the familiar roar of string-based feedback, or even the tactile whine of a finger making its way up a striated, sinewy bit of metallic cable. This is guitar-based drone music that ebbs deep into the bass spectrum. The four tracks... sound at times like that bridge-like moment in a song by Metallica or Black Sabbath, or even Neil Young, just before all hell breaks loose, except it never does; it just lingers in a limbo that is all the more unsettling."
- Marc Weidenbaum at Disquiet

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