What does it sound like?:
bow church is a one man affair, courtesy of one David Whiting. It started out as a London based witch house (remember that?) project, but since Whiting’s move to Berlin has been absorbing influences from the experimental electronic and goth scenes there. Following 2018’s Canon, this new album is one of my favourites of the year so far, and definitely my favourite title.
Musically, it’s dark but melodic gothy electronica that takes in techno, ambient, and industrial, with a few hints of 80s synthpop as well. Thematically it seems to hearken back to pre-agricultural civilisations, with track titles like “Thaw”, “Hunt” and “Gather”. It’s tremendously atmospheric stuff that sounds superb played loud. I’m throwing around words like ‘dark’ and ‘goth’, but there’s also melody and beauty here, with the rush of transcendence the best electronic music offers. Imagine if the Chemical Brothers decided to skip headlining Glastonbury one year and instead did a gig wearing hoods and cowls in an ancient stone circle, with no audience and the mist pooling around their feet in the moonlight. Yeah, that good.
What does it all *mean*?
never know what to write here
Goes well with…
late nights, headphones, pre-apocalyptic worries
Might suit people who like…
Umderworld, Chemical Brothers, Depeche Mode, hunter gathering, strangely disconcerting almost human shaped trinkets of sticks and twine, the old paths, beats