Homespun: Heroes of the Kingdom, HOTK
For Heroes of the Kingdom, patience is a virtue: The quartet is in no hurry to blaze through these songs and instead chooses to let the full-bore guitar chords clash together and resolve in time. Most of these eleven songs sport a slow, sludgy tempo and a respect for the sonic space created by the alternating discord and unison of interwoven guitar lines. But where sludge normally implies the haze of stoner rock or the effect-pedal-colored dreamscapes of shoegaze, much about HOTK is crystal clear: The guitars are not buried under layers of fuzz, and singer Chris Powell (also of Ring, Cicada) has a high, piercing voice that, at times, recalls Rush's Geddy Lee without all those vocal tics.
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