Written by: The Administrator
Drone: a severely underappreciated entity 'round these parts. There's something arresting and alluring about the promise of a sustained sound stretching forevermore into the abyss. But, despite the implicit draw, I seldom find myself submerged in the genre. One reliable exception to the trend is the work of Depression Quilt (which, as an aside, is in the running for my favorite band name of all time.) Depression Quilt notably mixes the dronier elements with a dark ambient vibe and flair for atmosphere, resulting in a sonic blend that handily avoids the doldrums of the component parts. It is a conglomerate that provides interesting soundscapes without demanding too much from the listener. 2021's excellent [OVERLAPPING WHISPERS] spent a lot of time in rotation due to a unique ability to calm me down at a point in time when calm was an incredibly scarce resource.
Needless to say, I was excited to hear that Depression Quilt was set to release a new album--and on the fantastic Trepanation Recordings, no less. And then when sirshannon asked for a track/music video premiere, I could hardly pass up the opportunity. And so here we are.
Check out "The Walking Cure" from the forthcoming [INDISTINCT CLATTER CONTINUES] below! As always, we'll meet ye on the other side.
Now that you are thoroughly submerged, let's talk about why I like this track so damn much. Despite boasting a 12-and-a-half-minute runtime, "The Walking Cure" feels consistently immediate, and never mere background noise. I suspect is due in part to both the soft near-omnipresent percussion, as well as the bevy of subtle changes in tone and volume. Rather than embracing white noise in unadulterated form, Depression Quilt molds sound in a way that feels very organic. Listening to this track is like unto laying in the ocean, tracing the hum of distant onboard motors as they purr through the current and the waves. Nothing feels rigid, which allows for a wonderful balance between trance and cinematic intrigue. It is tempting to call music that is minimalistic a meditative art form, but the reality here is that the track facilitates constant engagement. Indeed, to quote the EPK: " Playing with tones, textures, sound, and noise, Depression Quilt aims to make relaxing music for people that don't really want to relax." Well said, says I.
And, lest it be forgot: keep in mind that this is but one of five tracks presented on [INDISTINCT CLATTER CONTINUES]. Even across the breadth of the album proper, interest is maintained. No small feat in my book--indeed, my attention span is historically very short and very difficult to capture. If you're a fan of drone or ambient music, Depression Quilt is a must. If you don't dabble frequently enough, Depression Quilt makes for a perfect gateway. Win/win, as far as I'm concerned.
[INDISTINCT CLATTER CONTINUES] will be released on CD and digital via Trepanation Recordings on July 15th, and I highly recommend snagging that preorder here!
We provide thoughtful reviews of music that wakes us from slumber. Written by a highfalutin peasantry.