Saturday, February 12, 2011

Rowland S. Howard - Teenage Snuff Film

Rowland S. Howard is most well-known for his spidery guitar work alongside Nick Cave in The Birthday Party, but he also released two solo albums before his death in 2009. This one, 2005's Teenage Snuff Film is painfully overlooked. Howard establishes suffocatingly grim atmospheres with his monotone, macabre voice and lyrics, but to me the best part here is his immaculate guitar work. Throughout this album, he creates massive tones, smooth atmospheric layering, and bleak walls of sound to craft a melancholic mood.

(and then...)

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