...accomplished, groovy, celestial and sweeping. Not only do these fellows go out there, but they do, indeed, also just plain old get down.
Hawk of the Low Hills are a 3 piece from the North West of England, this is their first release on Romeda, a four track EP entitled 'Fears'.
Fabulous basslines run through every track on this release, holding down powerful grooves. Delayed clean tones drift into jazzy licks & stabs of reverbed guitar. Layered drums mix loops & acoustic playing to provide the backbone over which the guitars & bass do their 'thang'. Orchestral loops merge with synths, & spoken word samples abound, referencing Dave Brubeck for one. A scratched up 'old school' Planet of the Apes record then brings the EP to a close in certain style.
In an atmosphere that is oft cluttered with low orbit space junk it is hard to say what tantalizing signals one may come across or even when, or if you might cross paths.
Let's face it, friends, some signals float, some whir and whine, some signals dissipate into distorted messes, some are incinerated for re purposing and some just groove.
On their "Fears" E.P. Hawk of the Low Hills, a 3 piece outfit based around the North West Coast of the UK, near Liverpool, is at once accomplished, groovy, celestial and sweeping. Not only do these fellows go out there, but they do, indeed, also just plain old get down.
If I were to write the the music for my yet to be produced imaginary film "Space Pimp" surely, Fears, the opening track, would be played by the band that followed the protagonist as he traipses through the desolate landscape of a Martian city collecting his grift from his ladies.
Further, I dig the string filled, trip hop-esque languidity of PPR, most assuredly appreciate the poly rhythmic homage to Brubeck in New Jazz Language and love the break beat funk spiced with MF Doom style vocal samples of the closing track, Papers.
'WHAT!?' Say you? Yeah, baby, Hawk of the Low Hills goes there... and gets DOWN.
:Review by Erif Der