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Esses

No Light This Fire

Atakra
LP $17.25

08/25/2017

ATAKRA 006 


"ESSES begin epic and why not. It’s clear within the first eight seconds of the recently released No Light In This Fire, when the twinkling creep of a piano synth gives way to a thunderous crash of the band entire minus vox (KEVIN BROWN drums, SCHON CLEM bass, MICHAEL MERSEREAU and DAWN HILLIS on a paired-up storm of guitar) arriving with a precise downbeat assault, that the group possesses sufficient fire in their collective ranks to blast at will. It is of course a dark compelling sound—why else would they be appearing in a Shadowplay column—with lashing shoegaze dynamics getting rather blown apart from the inside out, an impression only magnified once MISS KEL steps to the mic and, well, ‘belts’ we suppose is one word for it —her voice has that force, that command—but its bellow, dressed up in its reverb finery, also knows the value found in prowling the lower reaches, crossing the bridge in this initial track ('Echoes') with the compressed intensity of a certain Ms. Hersh in her most bruising prime, not a comparison I necessarily thought I’d ever make on these pages but nonetheless that same incendiary intelligence is apparent from the start.”—Stereo Embers

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