Deafheaven - Sunbather
Welcome to one of the most beautiful and disturbing albums you'll hear all year.
One of the most powerful, profound and beautiful works of catharsis to emerge this year, ‘Sunbather’ is all the more remarkable for its originality. Taking their shoegaze-inflected black metal / post-rock fusion in myriad new directions, the San Francisco outfit come flying out of the blocks with ‘Dream House’, a whirlwind of mournful atmospherics and relentless percussion, and they don’t look back. Stitched together by hazy and quietly menacing interludes it’s captivating from start to finish, vocalist George Clarke turning in an incredible performance that’s grounded in textbook black metal rasp, but imbued with immense anguish. Uneasy listening doesn’t get much better.