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GOLDBLUME – ‘Husk’ Album Review

GOLDBLUME – Husk

GoldblumeCambridge, UK-based alternative three-piece, Goldblume, have released their debut album, Husk, on the 9th November 2018 release on Aaahh!!! Real Records.

The new album has been two years in the making and it certainly shows with some terrific song writing. Recorded by David Leighton at River Run Studios in Potton, Cambridgeshire and self-produced and mixed by the band themselves at guitarist Jethro’s home studio, these ten tracks are full of twists and turns that keep things interesting throughout.

The album opens with the title track, Husk with a fascinating math-punk sensibility and angst-ridden vocals, monster riffs, disco rhythms replete with cowbell all combining to create a masterpiece of indie-rock. On Razor a booming bass introduction leads into some intricate guitar interplay, agonised vocals and a lingering taste of head-banging delight and Tomorrow takes a chunkier, churning approach with some echoes of Nirvana and the Pixies with slow, restrained verses and melodic, powerful choruses…great stuff!

The band lure us into a mellow yet slightly menacing introduction to Fiendish but, this one literally explodes at the half-way point and again channels a little Kurt Cobain as it motors through valleys and mountain peaks of math-punk beauty. Fill Your Boots is a lengthy, over four-minute track that uses the extended time to explore a variety of complex intertwining tempos, stripped back sections of drum and bass giving way to powerful monster riffs whilst We All Know Why And Who has an Art Brut style power and melody with some interesting vocal relationships and delivery.

Goldblume introduce an acoustic guitar to begin Alice and this sets up a marching beat, restrained melodic vocals that emulate old English folk songs although the build is impressive as the singer lets loose before returning to the lovely melody. The last three tracks on the album are titled Loose Fruits Part I, Loose Fruits Part II and Loose Fruits Part III with the first part of the trilogy displaying some monster riffs as well as creepy vocals over meandering guitar all setting up some truly rollicking punk rock! The second part takes up the baton and extends to another four-plus minute rocker with math-punk rhythmic interchange of instruments that will compel you to bang your head and the ending section for the trilogy and album is a slower, complex powerful track that shows how good these folks are.

 

You can get Husk by Goldblume here: https://goldblumeband.bandcamp.com/album/husk

 

 

 

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