Definitely one of the best LP’s of 2018.
Austin based experimental collective Thousand Foot Whale Claw is back with the new cosmic full length Black Hole Party, out June 29, 2018. Featuring members of S U R V I V E, Troller, Single Lash and Future Museums, this is the supergroup’s second LP and their most accomplished work to date. Inspired by progressive 70’s German kraut-rock, Thousand Foot Whale Clawmaintains a classic style while establishing an original voice. With album art by renowned contemporary sci-fi/fantasy illustrator Kilian Eng, Black Hole Party’s aesthetic is cohesively curated throughout its dense, multi-layered track list, ranging from serene sound baths to driving dance beats.
TFWC was founded in San Marcos, TX by a core group of college friends who bonded over loose collaborative jams of effects driven improvisations. Eventually these unstructured practices evolved into refined studio sessions and intense live performances, leading to a rich discography and enthusiastic fanbase. Balancing repetition with the unexpected, TFWC’s sustained motifs slowly reveal the band’s signature free-form experimentation. Known for heavy walls of guitar and electronic drones, TFWC spirals into circular rhythms and looping riffs stacked with shredding guitar solos and ambient soundscapes. Explorations spurring from a central theme is the basis for the band’s compositional approach, always seeking new instruments, sound sources and production techniques for each piece. Recorded and engineered at Stassney Studios in Austin, TX with producer/artist Dylan Cameron, Black Hole Party has become the band’s most defining body of work thus far.
On Black Hole Party, the polished structure and acute development of all six tracks is distinct and tangible, making this record more composed than any of their previous releases. Propulsive songs such as “Deridium Rail” and the album’s title track are driven by four-on-the-floor dance beats and arpeggiated synthesizers, contrasting songs like “Genesis Effect” that predominantly features the natural tones of 12-string acoustic guitar and harmonium. The wide variety of sonic flavors is reflective of TFWC’s vast musical tastes, refusing to settle on one approach and allowing the band’s idiosyncrasies to shine regardless of genre. To classify TFWC as an instrumental psych band is only partially accurate, however there are a lack of proper terms to fully encapsulate the band’s broad scope.
Black Hole Party is the latest and brightest collection of songs from Thousand Foot Whale Claw, meant to be enjoyed in a multitude of environments for all fans of expansive listening.