Tuesday, 17 March 2015
Anhedonia is Oxford doom band Undersmile’s second album, and their sixth release since forming in 2009. Never ones to repeat themselves, Undersmile have continued to evolve from their grunge-inspired debut 2010 EP A Sea of Dead Snakes, to the nightmarish doom of their debut album Narwhal, and their epic 23 minute track Titanaboa from their split with Nottingham noise-merchants Bismuth. Ever restless, they even released a split LP with their own acoustic band, Coma Wall in 2013.
Composed of seven tracks, and clocking in at over 70 minutes, Anhedonia is the spiritual successor to 2012’s Narwhal, and an elegant synthesis of the band’s entire back-catalogue. But where Undersmile once relished distortion and discord, Anhedonia finds the band experimenting with a wider sonic palette and dynamic range, utilising clean guitars and cellos as much as Skyhammer Studio’s collection of vintage amps and fuzz boxes.
As a result, Anhedonia is an album that leads you down labyrinthine paths of harmony and discord, amplification and acoustics. Recorded with a live feel in mind, Anhedonia is also the band’s most honest release, the closest they’ve come to reproducing a live sound on record.
Song of Stones
Total length: 74:58
Recorded at Skyhammer Studios by Chris Fielding (Conan, Electric Wizard) in December 2014, and mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate).
Anhedonia will be released on vinyl, CD and digitally by Black Bow Records on April 1st 2015.
The album was produced by Chris Fielding. Mixed by Chris Fielding and Undersmile. Mastered by James Plotkin. Artwork by Jack Burley/Pier Corona. Photo by Sam Shepherd.
It will be available on double-vinyl (Black Bow Records BBO007), cassette (Tartatus Records) and CD on their own label (BTTFCK SRPRS Records BFS001).
You can order the CD and exclusive t-shirt NOW here. You can also order the double LP from Black Bow here.
Undersmile will be touring very soon:
March 21st - Tombstone All-Dayer (w/Slomatics, Serpent Venom, Bismuth and more) - Star & Garter, Manchester https://www.facebook.com/events/736295759770241
April 11th - Roadburn Festival, Holland
April 25th - No Fun Intended Weekender (w/Noothgrush) - Eiger Studios, Leeds
May 1st - Facemelter @ The Black Heart, Camden (w/Dead Existence and Space Witch)
May TBC - Oxford album launch - more details coming soon
Also, keep an eye on the site over the coming weeks as we will be featuring an interview with Undersmile ahead of the album release.
Hel Sterne – vocals, lead/rhythm guitar
Taz Corona-Brown – vocals, rhythm guitar
Olly Corona-Brown – bass
Tom McKibbin – drums
Jo Quail – cello
Lee Riley – drones/fx
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Originally posted by Emma Sheridan on Femetalism.