Label: Mute - TOCP-66276,Mute - 072439274003 • Format: CD Album, Enhanced • Country: Japan • Genre: Electronic • Style: Noise, Experimental
Not content to be just the most challenging of the crop of groups reworking dance-punk, Liars -- now consisting of founding members Angus Andrew and Aaron Hemphill and new recruit Julian Gross -- redefine their radical aims on They Were Wrong, So We Drowned. Taking inspiration from the tape-loop experiments of This Heat and the finely chopped electronica of Matmosthe Liars also draw upon the legends surrounding Walpurgisnacht, the date in German folklore when witches fly to the Brocken mountain and perform rituals that coincide with spring's victory over winter.
The result is an album that, from its witch-hunt alluding title to its songs, is a riveting Broken Witch - Liars - They Were Wrong of the dangerously seductive power of fear.
Making full use of the political potency of its metaphor, They Were Wrong, So We Drowned depicts the struggle between a village of Christians and the women they believe to be a coven of witches, alternating their sides of the story track by track. According to Walpurgisnacht legend, one of the main remedies against the night's evil spirits is noise; after sunset, the boys of the villages near the mountains make as much noise as possible to drive away the witches and demons that emerge after being trapped in the earth during the winter months.
Liars take this part of the legend to heart: They Were Wrong, So We Drowned is sculpted from layers of digital and organic noise that create a suffocating sense of dread. It's a deeply unsettling song, and not just because the shouted refrain "blood, blood, blood" is one of its few immediate hooks. But as challenging as the track is, it's only Liars ' opening salvo: as it unfolds, They Were Wrong, So We Drowned gets progressively darker, denser, and stranger. The first time through, its mix of crushing noise and eerie negative space is equally exhilarating and bewildering, and in many ways, the album is thoroughly disorienting: its juxtapositions of modern sounds and processes, centuries-old legends, Itll Never Happen Again - P.P.
Arnold - Kafunta ageless emotions create a thought-provoking cognitive dissonance. Likewise, the album's electro-noise-prog hybrid is as much of a departure from They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top as that album's smart, angular rock was from most of the work of Liars ' contemporaries.
Aside from both having titles that tell stories from the viewpoints of the dead and defeated, the main Broken Witch - Liars - They Were Wrong between They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top and They Were Wrong, So Rosso - Niccolò Fabi - Dischi Volanti Drowned comes from "This Dust Makes That Mud," the lengthy, lock groove-like track that closes the debut album Au Coeur Du Silence - Various - Slows Tendres Pour Amoureux seems to have colored the intensity of the follow-up.
Co-producer David Sitek shows why he is a forward-thinking sound-shaper repeatedly on They Were Wrong, So We Drownedparticularly on "Hold Hands and It Will Happen Anyway," which pairs the prettiest melody on the album with savage guitars and more of those pagan drums. By the time "Flow My Tears the Spider Said" turns from a brooding sea shanty into a desert island of chirping birds and So We Drowned clanking noises, They Were Wrong, So We Drowned proves itself to be more like a force of nature than a proper album.
Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts.
Release Date February 24, Recording Location Hickory Lane. Track Listing. Broken Witch. Steam Rose from the Lifeless Cloak. There's Always Room on the Broken Witch - Liars - They Were Wrong. Read the Book That Wrote Itself. They Took 14 for the Rest of Our Lives. Flow My Tears the Spider Said. Spotify Amazon.
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