Friday, April 27, 2018

The Hathaway Family Plot – Bethlehem Is Burning (2018)

  • Art pop 
  • Avant-pop 
  • Alternative 
  • Singer-songwriter 
  • Noise pop 
  • Experimental pop 
  • No Wave

Comment: Kevin McFadden from Buffalo can be considered a most obscure artist below Star-Spangled Banner and he continues an occult way to pave on this 13-track issue either. The concept of the release is ghastly based on an imagination of a mentally fragile man who believes to be a new messiah born from the fire of Bethlehem. All of that is exquisitely supported by an incisive sonic set where dreamy progressions are interrupted by sharp noises and concerted glitched-out debris. One can hear uncanny marching music being craftily imbued with subdued noises and a bit pointed glitches. Yet you can be sure it is not neither noise nor dream pop at its core. You can find out similarities with the last album of David Bowie, with Robert Wyatt, with Tom Waits, with Scott Walker, with Mart Avi, with a late David Sylvian (Blemish) yet the artist`s handwriting is something fairly singular and extraordinary. For sure, it is an example of pop music in positive term (unlike its nature) because one cannot see destructive tendencies against the poppy structures (though McFadden`s music is filled in with swathes of impressive rage, i.e on emotional level here and there), all of that is positively constructed from scratch instead of manipulating with annihilated mainstream pop dictations and being based on deep-seated contradictions. In a word, it is not the kind of sound collage, it is an integrated, full-fledged composition. For sure, it will be put up in the list of the best albums in 2018 at Recent Music Heroes.

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