OUISA HOUND | The Joy Eclectic

If you visit Ouisa Hound’s bandcamp page, the banner image is a closely cropped iconic photo of Maria Falconetti playing Joan of Arc in the Carl Dreyer classic 1928 silent film, “La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc”. The look is not unlike the little child gracing the cover of the new record, “The Joy Eclectic”, an album of marvelously sprawling sounds, moods, joys, pains and musical invention. “Tandem Howl” is a slow sludge with deep bass, industrial clanks, wind chimes, light bells, a looped scraping sound, all arranged meticulously. It’s a over six stunning minutes of musical exploration. There’s something both disarming and unsettling about “The Joy Eclectic”, with its hellishly haunting soundscapes and the angelic choir chorus of a song like “Penetralia”. Or take the shimmering and yet shadowy marching quality of the church-like, “Way Out Above the Din”. It’s music that’s reverential as worship and still foreboding as a shadow peaking out from around the next back-alley. There are ghostly coos, whistling winds, stuttered drum kit, textures of metal and zephyr, and breaths that exist half as sexual release and half as dying fall. It’s a bedroom record for those still up in the a.m. hours. — David D. Robbins Jr.

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