Chrome Waves/Gridfailure

Midwestern outfit Chrome Waves and New York City-area’s Gridfailure have released a fascinating split album.

Chrome Waves provide the first three tracks on the release with nearly thirty minutes of their epic, post-rock meets shoegaze, in a dark place, wall of sound. There are two original tracks and a fascinating interpretation “The Eternal” by Joy Division. Their tracks were recorded and mixed at Disorder Recordings in Indianapolis, Indianapolis, with James Benson providing vocals, Jeff Wilson performing bass, guitars, programming, synth, and vocals, and guest Roman Pinter of Nott providing atmospheric saxophone to the mix. Truely remarkable music.

Gridfailure are nothing if not prolific and their contribution to the release is some their most expansive material to date. David Brenner delivers an evocative blend of guitars, bass, keys, effects, drums, programming, and more infused with field recordings, effects, and layers of extreme vocals. The five originals and a rendition of the seminal Today Is The Day hymn “Temple Of The Morning Star” were performed, recorded, and mixed by Brenner at The Compound in Valley Cottage, New York. Some of it is difficult listening as the material builds through what feels like catharsis to crescendos of sound, but it’s worth the effort as you peel away the layers to find many different elements within the pieces.

The songs were mastered by Dan Emery at Black Matter Mastering in Nashville, Tennessee (Kool Keith, Benjamin Tod, Krieg). David Brenner designed the cover artwork utilizing photos from Jeff Wilson and himself.

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