Worms Pelican Songs CD


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Will Finland never cease to surprise us? How can one tiny country continue to produce so much progressive, transgressive, creative and fucking perfect experimental rock? Circle, Keuhkot, Avarus, Anaksimandros, Mieskuoro Huutajaat, Pharaoh Overlord, Ektroverde, Skepticism, Kemialisett Ystavat, and now WORMS! Worms may be new to you (and most of the folks in Finland) but they have been a fixture of the Finnish underground for over a decade. But even after a decade, their entire recorded output consisted of three 7" singles and a few compilation tracks. So obviously some- thing had to be done. We managed to track down the band, and discovered that they actually recorded a full length a few years back, but the label that was supposed to release it dropped the ball. So here is Pelican Songs finally and man is it something. Five tracks of beautiful brutality. A dark and wintry, more motorik My Bloody Valentine, mixed with a little Circle and a little Filth-era Swans. Or some Frankensteinian dirge rock band, equal parts Godflesh, My Bloody Valentine, the Shadow Ring, and the Swans. The disc starts off with a massive 30 minute medley, a droning hypnotic dirge, like Terry Riley composing for Godflesh or the Melvins and quite reminiscent of Dutch riff gods Gore. Endless and hypnotic, crushing and brutal. The next three tracks display Worms more melodic side, letting a little pop shine through, with lilting vocals and darkly melancholic melodies and frontman Veli Pesonen’s deep Michael Gira like drawl intoning simple mantra-like lyrics, over jangly strummed riffs, more melodic maybe, but still drone-y and hypnotic and dreamy. Think late-era Swans, or maybe the Terminals, or the Clean, that sort of dreary, jangly New Zealand rock. The twenty minute ‘Border’ closes proceedings with a glorious din of shimmering but harrow- ing guitars, buried melodies and relentlessly propulsive rhythms. This was a long time coming but once you hear it you’ll agree it was worth the wait. Definitely for fans of all the above mentioned

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