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The best tracks of the week

7. Shlohmo – ‘Buried’

A decidedly different sound for Henry Laufner’s upcoming LP.

Dark Red is the new album from Shlohmo, to be released on April 3rd on True Panther/Wedidit and judging by the track ‘Buried’, we can expect a very different sound from his debut and his collaborations with Jeremih. Gone are hip-hop beats and electronic rhythms and in their place, on this track at least, it’s more of a horror soundtrack feel with menacing sharp synth notes and

The album has illusions to sludge metal and “explores natural distortion, fuzz and noise as compositional tools, intentionally distressing sounds to echo the feeling of the icy menace and emotional charge found on early black metal tapes.”

“When I started working on Dark Red about two and a half years ago, I had just moved back to LA and built a small studio in my apartment, mostly with my dad’s old gear from the 80s. I had just lost some people close to me and was dealing with another loved one’s health issues. I was all over the place mentally, and I think it reflects in this record whether I like it or not.

The only thing I did know going into it, was that I wanted this one to be loud, and not just loud but really really f***ing loud. I wanted the sound of the thing to be devastating and violent. Recordings that force you to feel something even if that something isn’t good. I’m proud to have made something polarizing, a record that’s strong and undeniable even in its moments of pure anxiety and confusion. It’s tragic and painful at times, but that’s all part of it and I want that to be heard and felt. You don’t have to like it, just listen to it.”

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