Rife with themes of loss, mortality and rebirth, ‘Riser’ is the second EP from San Francisco’s Chasms. Carved out by damaged percussion and hypnotizing guitars, the duo dives deeper into a heavenly abyss, this time with haunting vocals at the forefront. ‘Riser’ wades through an expansive, ethereal haze with powerfully executed melodies that resonate as if from another realm.
***Bad Evolution inches CHASMS deeper into their bottomless pit of swirling doom. Choose your own adventure: a side of fuzzed out black metal guitar drone behind warm, sultry vocals that glide through meat-grinder bass and blistering industrial beats or flip it over for a dark, creeping, synth-driven, slit-your-wrists remix by THE SLEEP GENIUS. Either way, Bad Evolution is a slow ride through foggy San Francisco˙s shoegaze district ending at the corner of goth and doom. Edition of 250 hand-numbered copies pressed on blue vinyl. Includes download code.
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.