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Blackwater Holylight at Old Nick's Pub
Old Nick's Pub
EUGENE, OR
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Blackwater Holylight at Old Nick's Pub
Blackwater Holylight, as the name suggests, is all about contrasts. Its a fluid convergence of sound thats heavy, psychedelic, melodic, terrifying and beautiful all at once.
As a heavy band, their songs arent anchored to riffs, but rather riffs come and go in waves that surface throughout the bands meditative, entrancing songs. Its a hypnotic sound, with
orchestral structures that often build tension and intrigue before turning the song on its head  not by simply getting louder or heavier, nor by just layering elements. They expertly subvert the implied heaviness of a part, dissecting it and splaying the songs guts out to seep across the sonic spectrum.

Now, having toured together extensively following the bands wildly-successful breakout self-titled debut in 2018, Blackwater Holylight has honed their sound and identity to a powerfully
captivating beast. Their live set is all about the slow build, seeming to combine the melodic tension of early Sonic Youth
crossed with the laconic fever-dream blues of the first Black
Sabbath album, and wiry experimentation of post-punk and krautrock.

The lineup on this album is Allison (Sunny) Faris (bass/vocals), Laura Hopkins (guitar/vocals) and Sarah McKenna (synths), with new guitarist Mikayla Mayhew and drummer Eliese Dorsay
fleshing out their sound in exciting ways.

The process of this album was vastly different from our first record, says Faris. One, because we recorded it over the course of a few weeks, whereas the first record was over the course of about a year. And two, this album was a true collaboration between the five of us. Each of us had extremely equal parts in writing and producing, we all bounced ideas off each together, and we all had a say in what was going on during every part of the process.

One of our favorite things about this album is that because it was so collaborative, we didn't compartmentalize ourselves into one vibe. She continues. Its heavy, psychedelic, pop, shoegaze, doom, grunge, melodic and more. The whole process was extremely organic and natural for us, we were just being ourselves.

Veils of Winter opens with fuzzed-drenched, drop-tuned bass and baritone guitar leading a dirge riff on Seeping Secrets. Faris lilting and funereal vocals drop in, adding to the mournful
atmosphere until a short turnaround progression hints at changes to come, as Faris and Hopkins harmonize eerily and the tune suddenly turns into a krautrock charge. Motorcycle
kicks off deceptively with a heavy grunge riff building up for about 40-seconds before the song abruptly shifts gears into a synth-led post-punk harmony, sounding something like Lush
meets Syd Barrett eraPink Floyd.

Death Realms is perhaps the poppiest track, based around
soaring shoegaze guitars and interwoven light vocal harmonies. Soft piano notes, occasional woozy whammy bar dives and a driving tom-tom beat solidify its hooks. Spiders is a creepy-
crawly guitar riff and counterpoint keys, while Moonlit explores prog-structures with a shredding guitar solo crescendo. The penultimate track, Lullaby is exactly that, a lulling, expansive tune exemplifying Blackwater Holylights genre smashing sound as it subtly moves across a vast sonic landscape atop a hypnotic 6/8 beat and repetitive 3-note motif.

Throughout the album, their songs shirk traditional verse-chorus-verse structure in favor of fluid, serpentine compositions that move with commanding grace.

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$8 adv $10 DOS

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Old Nick's Pub (View)
211 Washington Street
EUGENE, OR 97402
United States


Categories

Music > Metal & Hardcore
Music > Rock

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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