Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Hathaway Family Plot – Having No Alternative (2016)

  • Art pop 
  • Post-pop 
  • Noise pop 
  • Electronic 
  • Avant-pop 
  • Singer-songwriter 
  • Alternative 
  • Leftfield pop 
  • Indie 
  • Experimental pop 
  • Glitch pop 
  • Anti-pop 
  • Post-industrial

Comment: The Hathaway Family Plot’s previous issue before Having No Alternative was Spare Time and it was one of the most outstanding issues in 2015. The same could be said about Having No Alternative because Kevin McFadden provides something similarly qualitative as he has done before. That’s an obvious killer in terms of harshness and softness, in terms of still life and noise keeping on to drift somewhere between the pop scene and underground undercurrents. Because of that Having No Alternative, and Sparing Time represent the true essence of nowadays indie music. More profoundly, he hijacks obvious, easily understandable elements of the established culture to intermingle them with elements of the counterculture and frequently by its furthermost angles (for instance, at Mountain). At the same time it is simple and sophisticated, lofty and oppressive. Visually it can be transported to a desolate wasteland to accompany a walker who is trudging across the gothic and magic realism mixed terrain. At the artist’s Bandcamp site it is stated that he still has not discovered the meaning of life. It can be assumed it is a state of tension which forces Kevin McFadden to thrive and discover new areas around him. By kindred souls there can be drawn parallels with the Estonian musician Mart Avi whose music is to follow the aforementioned aesthetical logic and even chronologically does have a similar path.
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