Balaclavas follow two notable EPs with the release of their debut album Roman Holiday on Dull Knife. The band pick up an echo of the darkwave trend that seems to be flowing in spurts of late but dive further into the rhythmic dub holes left in the atmosphere by the likes of Public Image Ltd and Can. The album's smeared with concrete and a permanent overcast just waiting for the downpour; sulking through the streets in fervent desperation for connection. There's a certain element of dance swarming underneath many of Balaclavas' songs but it's by no means an exuberant expression of joy, rather an unconscious expulsion of physical lashing out that echoes the tightly restrained fury and grit-toothed anxiety of the surrounding melodies. A decidedly darker side of the Texas underground.
[MP3] Balaclavas - Night Worship
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