Hospital – Describing Bodies (2016)

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‘Describing Bodies’ feels like an incredibly personal piece of art.

Opening track ‘Sister’ captures a sombre feeling and combines distorted synthy tones with understated drama. Vocally it reminds me of a young Cedric Bixler but this is nothing like At The Drive-In. More like Xiu Xiu or La Dispute without the anger…and more teen-angst. (*not actually sure if they are teenagers btw)

‘I Am, I’m Not’ carries more of the glitch-electro pop vibe but introduces more rhythm, pretty guitars and bass beneath to build momentum. This is where the material best finds it’s feet however the highlight is the next track ‘Daniel’. It’s got more emotion and energy than other tracks and uses some live drums to add a real band-vibe. A kind of spoken word intro gains momentum over a solid bass line and thumping kick building with guitars. Al erupts with a yell and the band carries the song out in a sort of goth/emo fashion. It’s pretty great. If you’re only going to check out one track from this.. make it #3. Gold.

Over all this is an 11 track release which largely sounds like it was recorded at home, (possibly in a bedroom?) makes good use of a variety of sounds like the synths and electronic beats, glockenspiel, pretty guitars etc. A higher production level would likely detract from the bands approach and whilst im not saying..it’s good cos it’s not..i kinda am. The lack of consistency and raw edges add appeal. There are surprises along the way too, one such unexpected gem was a beautiful piano instrumental and the ironically titled ‘Intro’ which is actually a pretty little outro played out on keys. Did not expect that.

The sprinkles of creativity and sincerely delivered vocals and personal lyrics make this a worthwhile listen. Backed.

https://hospital1.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/hospitalsounds

The album is getting a tape release through http://skydreams.com.au/ this month, go check it.

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