Amber / Locktender
Halo of Flies
01 April 2014
by Ruth Booth
With a growing list of lauded notches on their belt (notably last year’s Light Bearer album), Halo Of Flies have release this vinyl showcase of two of their most promising acts.
The split kicks off with its darkest contribution from Amber. ‘Heritage’ is an unforgiving monolith of atmospheric post-hardcore. However, it’s by far the most conventional of the two tracks here and while format does bear some blame here, as an introduction, it doesn’t do justice to last year’s lauded Lovesaken EP.
Known for releasing EPs based on the works of classic philosophers and artists, Locktender have a rep as something of a thinking man’s experimental hardcore band, funnily enough (Yeah, yeah, LOCKEtender, more like, amirite?). Ahead of their new album Rodin, ‘The Piazza’ is the most intriguing of the two contributions here. Measured Mediterranean guitar breaks into darker post-hardcore sound, with vocals that narrate a vignette on place and belonging.
All in all, it’s a solid, if somewhat lopsided introduction to the label’s up-and-comers – and a promising sign that their recent run of strong releases hasn’t completely stalled.
Sounds like: The sonic equivalent of the chipboard scent of your local indie record store, mixed with verg mud.
Standout Tracks: N/A