Sunday Soundcheck: Set 014

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This week...

Bark Psychosis

///CODENAME:dustsucker - 2004

Hex - 1994

Scum - 1992

Origin Point:
United Kingdom

Sounds Like:
Post Rock, Experimental, Trip Hop, Jazz, Progressive, Ambient, Drone

Bark Psychosis is one of the seminal acts of the post-rock genre, and one of the defining artists in the scene: their sound in the early 1990s helped spawn an entire enclave of like-minded artists and musical ensembles that continues to this day.

In a stop-start career, Scum is their most ambitious release, being a twenty-minute improvisation that covers the entire scope of their sound. Hex and Dustsucker are much more concise and further-formed in a conceptual aspect, and are therefore easier to listen to in a shorter sitting: nonetheless, the chaotic mix of jangling riffs, jazz-inspired brass and bass, and occasional use of spoken word and lyrical content combines to create a hypnotic sound throughout their entire body of work. The build-up towards and beyond the crescendo of Scum is, for me, outstanding: ahead of its time, even, as today it still sounds fresh and engaging.

To listen to their music, simply click on the album covers to be taken to their respective pages.

Now, I know the discussion of music can be an emotionally charged subject for some people, but I'm not claiming that anything is better than anything else. This is no more than a soap-box for me to promote music that I enjoy; maybe you'll like it, maybe you won't. That's fine.

If you've any recommendations based on this artist, or wish to promote some music that you yourself enjoy, please do so in the comments. Maybe I'll end up enjoying something enough to feature it myself.

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Pierre-Lagarde's avatar
Listening to the first one I find some strange similitud with some Björk's tunes... excellent btw :thumbsup: