Monday, August 12, 2013
"(I Don't Mean to) Wonder" by Black Hearted Brother
Yes, we all have noticed a resurgence in shoegaze. Some of it is good, a bit of it is very good, and some of it leaves me a bit fuzzed out (and not in a good way). But one interesting aspect of the movement is the return of some of the old pros. Of course, we all are aware that My Bloody Valentine has returned to their fans' great joy. However, I'm here to write about another band. The name, Black Hearted Brother, is new. But when Neil Halstead puts down the acoustic that he has wielded to my great pleasure for the past half decade or so (see Oh Mighty Engine and Palidrome Hunches) and takes up the electric, we have the return of an accomplished shoegaze pro. Halstead was the guitarist and vocalist for Slodive and Mohave 3. In Black Hearted Brother he is joined by Mark Van Hoen of Seefeel, Locust and Scala, and Nick Holton of Holton's Opulent Oog and Coley Park. The trio has recorded Stars Are Our Home, which will be released in late October via Slumberland Records in the US and Sonic Cathedral in the UK. The first taste of the new album is here, and you can stream it below. It seems to me that the Neil, Mark and Nick are pulling the stops out and letting their instincts direct the music without tight boundaries. They are pros -- Trust them.