ALBUM REVIEW | Burning House – Anthropocene.

Sarah Shaw

ARTIST: Burning House

RELEASE: Anthropocene

RELEASE DATE: Pre-Release

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

Burning House’s debut album is a daunting prospect. Anthropecene clocks in at about 77 minutes, so listening in full requires serious commitment. And it does feel as though BH seek this level of focus from their listeners. Perhaps it’s the least that a band who have spent a year on the endeavour, and who were almost riven apart by the process should expect. The darkness and discomfort that Burning House battled through in creating this album runs through it in a rich vein of velvety blackness. Its scuzzy noise rock and dashes of wild MBV textures are a collision of comforting and caustic.

 

On the dreamier side of the darkness, opener Mimosa is warm and fuzzy, like its namesake. The twinkling lights continue in the anthemic Mirror Song. The slow swagger of Souvenir calls to mind Mazzy Star. Its effects layer lightly. The whammy kicks in on If You Won’t for a full blown shoegaze workout. Title track Anthropocene leads into Forever, the centrepiece of the album. It’s distortions twirl in shadow. The textures are heavy, blending shoegaze sounds and there’s a hint of Billy Corgan in places in the vocals.

After this, Langour is a dark daydream, a relief of sorts, while Elvis Monika is a sinister lullaby, destined to deliver nightmares. The clean and clear vocals of Big Tinted provide a sharp, cleansing effect, contrasting with the crunchy guitars. The bass burbles along on Fragments which has a much mellower feel than what’s gone before. The abstract guitars float around. It stays dreamy with the emotional 13 Moons, before Her Vowel No. blasts back in with a howl of wailing guitars and tumultuous drums.

Then comes the second opus of the record, the vast Robinson. As big as the ocean, it’s easy rhythm feels like bobbing along gently towards somewhere beautiful. A squall whips up around the mid-section but all is well in the end.  The album closes with the anthemic Awning, with its shimmering cymbals and soaring chorus it’s hard not to feel hopeful for Burning House.

The album is due out soon. Catch the band live in Maidstone on 20/5 with Virgin Kids and in Southampton with Moon Duo on 11/6.

LINKS:

burninghouse.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/BurningHouseMusic

soundcloud.com/burning-house

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

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In her time, Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr has attended raves and rock clubs. She enjoys pedals, pizza and spy dramas. Sarah also plays guitar in Edinburgh-based noisemakers Wozniak and is co-founder of Morningside Young Team who put on gigs and put out records for discerning audiences who enjoy fuzz and confusion.

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