Houses of Heaven Within/without (Grey Marble)

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April 26, 2024
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Oakland's Houses of Heaven fuse the grit of early industrialwith dizzying hits of EBM, techno, and drum & bass, all imbuedwith lyrical themes that draw equally from the emotional andthe mechanical. Within/Without, their sophomore LP for Felte,delves into a realm of intricate intensity, pushing electronics tothe forefront with the production prowess of Matia Simovich(INHALT), and features top-of-their-game guest vocals fromDouglas McCarthy (Nitzer Ebb) and Mariana SaldaƱa(BOAN).While the dub-influenced, shoegaze throb of Silent Places(2020) immersed itself in the paradox of opulence against theunsettling backdrop of California's wildfires, Within/Withoutconfronts social order through the lens of inner strife. Itexplores a contrast between the fantasy worlds and unfilteredtruths that define modern survival, and a yearning for genuinehuman connection brought on by the anxiety and isolation oftechnology.On Within/Without, Houses of Heaven truly come into their ownwith a distinctive alloy of electronic, industrial, psychedelic andshoegaze elements. They create a dynamic conduit for discordand harmony with a profoundly human essence, bridginginterior lives and exterior pressures through visceral songcraftand deft pacing. In a cruel and technologically dominatedworld, emotional gridlock is rampant. Yet, in the propulsiveparanoia of album highlight "Flesh Techniques", we'rereminded that it's often best to "breathe in / these dreamsagain / shake, shake it off".

Tracklist:
  • 1. Strange Temptation
  • 2. Within/Without
  • 3. The End of Me
  • 4. New Decay
  • 5. The Depths You Hold
  • 6. Flesh Techniques
  • 7. Deserve
  • 8. Pisces
  • 9. Serpent Coil
  • 10. Sightline

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