Having performed live in various guises these past few years, multi-instrumentalist GHR Leeming seems to have been content to remain in the shadows. Perhaps Manchester wasn’t quite ready… but the musical landscape here is changing and the outsiders are starting to be heard.
As Wilderness Hymnal his sound is both immersive and apocalyptic. With elements of doom-laden post-rock and electronic experimentalism combining, stand-out track Phospher is teeming with tension and ambition. Galloping drums give it momentum within the clouds of drone; his baritone vocals holding the piece together, bellowing into a cold night sky.
Wilderness Hymnal plays Night & Day Cafe on August 27th
With the release of ‘Kösmonaut II’ back in March, the massively prolific Patrick R. Pärk has already produced one of my favourite albums of the year so far. Incredibly, he’s managed to do it again, this time with forthcoming LP Future Machines.
For an artist unashamedly rocking the umlaut, it is of no surprise to find a significant germanic influence at play. Like much of the album, ‘Haus Maschine’ is a consummate wonderland of Berlin-esque heavy arpeggiated analogue polyrhythms, occasionally interrupted by searing saw waves which will happily rip your face off should you so oblige. Whilst wearing the sort of unnerving smile you only otherwise see in British Gas adverts – imagine Tangerine Dream being un-stoppingly propelled into a very bad trip and you’re about halfway there.
It’s gripping stuff, essential listening for souls already assimilated by the sinister ways of dark electronica. And still totally unmissable for everybody else.