You’re in the mood. So is he/she. You love metal. They once tried to adopt a pet so there would be an excuse when all your CDs developed mysterious scratches. But for some reason, you still want them around. Your significant other, not the pet. So what’s a suitable soundtrack for an evening of condom testing with your favorite psychopath? Cannibal Corpse? Only on your birthday. Taylor Swift? Lets save the break-up songs for after the actual break-up or preferably for never at all. Fortunately, there’s an intermediary option: atmospheric music. Now, atmospheric music is a vague term, encompassing a damn near infinite variety of moods and styles, and that’s how you’re going to sneak some post-rock into the bedroom/ living room/ kitchen/ neighbor’s back yard. And if you didn’t happen to pack your own, I have you covered. Meet Christ. No, not that Christ. The other one. The one who just released ambient opus “Tower” upon an unsuspecting but very grateful self-involved music blogger.
Christ’s approach to ambient music is mesmerizing. Utilizing doomy tempos, blasts of static and ominous chord voicings, the whole combined creates the sort of dense atmosphere of post-rock forebearers such as Fall Of Efrafa. Where their sound differs is that they have created a much more electronic tone, soaked in subtle variations and little movements that build to a huge but still gradual change recalling minimalist composers like Steve Reich.They display a dense vocabulary of squeaks, screeches and howls, and express themselves articulately with a catalog of noises one would expect from a broken radio for a very cool sound.
But for all its respect for its ancestry, Christ is not just piggybacking on the good will generated by other ambient musicians. There is an almost catchy element to the songs even with their wandering nature and all the fuzz and slow building tension is employed to create an emotional journey rather than the tedious wank ambient musicians can occasionally subject the rest of us to. Fortunately, such musicians are the anti-Christ. The album grips throughout, managing to be heavy without getting in your face and is inviting even at its most sinister.
Christ have delivered on this first record, releasing something fully formed, mature and engaging, and I look forward to seeing where they take their sound from here. You can check out “Planar” from the album down below, and pick up some more evil baby making music on Christ’s Bandcamp.