"The Shadow That Is Hidden"
Genre: psych folk, folk
It's no secret I've
got a major woody for the Rusted Rail label, and with that said, I
think Yawning Chasm's distressingly brief EP might be their
best release thus far. In just these six brief songs, Aaron M
Coyne has crafted a hauntingly exquisite work of personal,
idiosyncratic psych-folk. Employing little more than his strummed
electric guitar and his sublimely understated, Kozelek-meets-early-Callahan
voice, Coyne designs passionate and memorable songs that come off as
original despite their minimalist composition. The brief CDR reaches
its summit with the resplendently longing "Monsters," which weds a
radiant yet low-key guitar line to a sweet vocal melody. It's a
mesmerizingly pretty work that recalls work by the Red House
Painters and C.W. Vrtacek. Yet this four minute bit of
perfection is surrounded by an impressive supporting cast, including
"Your Bones Will Bleach White" and lachrymose "Stars are Going Out."
The Shadow That Is Hidden may be frustratingly short, but
it's also consistently great, and that helps make it one of the
strongest psychedelic folk releases in recent memory.
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