HTRK and Tropic of Cancer have released a split of live sessions recorded in LA’s Part Time Punks studios. We now have a video for HTRK’s “Fascinator”. The band borrow memorable images from the 1992 Japanese S&M film Topaz (a.k.a. Tokyo Decadence), which sets palpable longing against a seemingly endless loop of passing trees in blossom.
Unlike some ambient music, Loyal, Polish-born Jakub Alexander’s release under the Heathered Pearls moniker, embraces the idea of melody with understated but distinct sounds emerging from the loops Alexander uses to construct his tracks. Pitchfork says lead single, “Beach Shelter,” “feeds off the same kind of unsettling ambience as Tim Hecker’s Ravedeath, 1972, where the sense of a malevolent force lurking just beneath the surface is prevalent throughout. It’s filled with coarse, sandpaper-y textures, all pulling together to create a sense of quiet abrasion.”
The album drops December 11th.
A HTRK and Tropic of Cancer split session seems so natural after the two bands toured America in 2011. A Part Time Punks Live Session even more so. Flipping this vinyl sounds like two sides of the same cursed coin, and mirrors a high school dance playing an endless lustful waltz. BPMs bumped down to a psychic stalk. It’s a broken and beautiful memento.
These songs are taken from previous releases minus one unreleased track from Tropic of Cancer. This split release is available in the 12” and digital format on October 30th.