Brooklyn label Sleeping Giant Glossolalia announces its 50th release: "Compound Eyes/Loma Atomal," the new EP by Opening Bell, to be released July 6th.
Stream the EP's second track, "Loma Atomal," here:
Number Fifty in a catalog boasting releases by Insect Ark, Growing, Couch Slut, Mick Barr, and Vaz, Opening Bell's new EP is a gem: two tracks' worth of existential horror, recorded, mixed and mastered by Steve Austin of Today Is The Day at his rural Maine compound, Austin Enterprise.
Fronted by Sleeping Giant Glossolalia owner Michael Reisinger, Opening Bell's sound is mournful and visceral, conjured through a combination of live instruments and electronics. The new EP's two songs carry the spirit of Today Is The Day's more introspective, heart-wrenching moments, as well as the post-industrialism of bands like OvO.
"Compound Eyes" is fraught with anxiety; "Loma Atomal," dedicated to a friend of the band, the late Nevada Hill of Bludded Head, is bathed in depression. Both achieve their ends through minimal, deliberate means: live drums pounded Swans-style, with the restraint and precision of a drum machine; guitar, synth-bass, and electronics played spaciously, sparingly, for maximum impact; and Reisinger's vocals, drenched to a psychedelic degree in effects, as if transmitting from a deep-sea hell-cave. The sheer emotion put forth resonates long past the EP's 9-minute running time.
1) Compound Eyes
2) Loma Atomal
Michael Reisinger - vocals, electronics
Armando Morales - guitar, keyboard
Nellie McKesson - drums
Reisinger is a central figure in the NYC scene, not only as musician and label owner, but as a prolific booker and promoter of live shows. Since its formation in 2014, Opening Bell has performed with Dälek (with whom a collaborative release is in the works), Primitive Man, The Austerity Program, and many of the artists who have released music on SGG.
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