CHASMS /// WHEN IT COMES
Culling influences from the avant underbelly of decades past, When It Comes is the debut EP from the dark San Francisco duo appropriately dubbed Chasms. Drenched in the dreaminess of early 4AD, Chasms takes familiar shoegaze affectations to biting temperatures, arriving intently at dysphoric soundscapes and swollen compositions.
From whispered vocals to droning bass, and guitar that’s as blistering as it is lush – all elements are commanded by a blown-out drum machine
that throbs with industrial authority. Wading through a heavy haze of melancholy, the damaged ten-plus-minute-long epic ‘Headwound / What’s
Real’ drifts from brutal to blissful at once. Though not all is so bleak; radiating moments like ‘Darker Outside’ remind us that a cold light still shines.
L i s t e n :
Headwound - What's Real by DreamRecordings