Label: The Flenser
Sometimes, there is comfort in the darkness. There are records out there whose content speaks of pain and misery, and wants you, the listener, to know that you’re not alone; to know that things will get better.
How We Lived isn’t one of those albums.
On their second full-length together, the duo of Heinali and Matt Finney have crafted something that may move with a damaged grace and sense of warped beauty; and there may be sounds that shimmer and dance in the haze; but more than that, How We Lived is an album heavy with the sounds of deep-seated sorrow, rooted in the everyday experiences that slowly build up until the burden feels insurmountable. It is a challenging listen, intense in a more emotional rather than musical sense, but it is also a deeply rewarding one, where the void in your soul may stare back at you, but if you’re strong enough to avoid looking away, How We Lived makes for one hell of an experience.
If you’re in the market for something to get sad to, then Vases is just what you’re after. The collaboration between dark electronics musician Wet Nurse. and Matt Finney is bleak, depressing, and possessed of a certain beauty. This is music for staying up late, wondering where it all went wrong and feeling powerless to do anything about it. And yet, as unappealing as that may make it sound, there’s something about Vases that makes it easy to listen to for hours at a time, sinking in to its dark, melancholy embrace.
Label: Umor Rex
Matt Finney has worked with a lot of artists over the past few years, adding his spoken word passages to dark music to create records that are as unsettling as they are addictive. This latest though, in collaboration with Siavash Amini, may be the bleakest release he has been involved with. With a musical backbone of dark ambient and sparse drone, Familial Rot tells a story of a life collapsing in slow motion, picking out those small details which seem so important in retrospect. It’s incredibly emotional without ever risking becoming over-dramatic, and is perfect music for late-night/early morning introspection, regret, and melancholy.