Review: Has A Shadow have found themselves lurking iin the psych scene of late, yet this Guadalajara-birthed troupe have a decidedly more sepulchral and sullen approach, stalking an audial graveyard equal parts haunted by the post-punk filigree of Bauhaus, the motorik attack of The Soft Moon, the murky drone of The Sisters Of Mercy and the languorous swirl of Deerhunter. Repetitive and rapturous, 'Sorrow Tomorrow' is a considerable alchemical triumph, with sunglasses-after-dark cool co-existing happily with experimental elan.
Review: It will likely turn a few heads that 'The Mirror', a dark, brooding track around halfway through this latest from Hey Colossus, features an appearance by the one and only Mark Lanegan. A bonafide alternative rock titan, his reputation for collaborative work is well known, but so are his exacting standards. Only working with the best, the fact he's even here says volumes about where this shapeshifting, hardcore-cum-post punk noisemakers are at.
Dances / Curses is loud when it needs to be, for example the growling riffs of Tied In A Firing Line, or the stadium-filling, doom-laden frenzy of Dead Songs For Dead Sires, but isn't afraid of intimacy either. Stylites In Reverse's delicate melodies, or Blood Red Madrigal's hazy, woozy, melancholic air. A broad brushstroke that confirms Hey Colossus are among the most vital we've currently got.