PICASTRO – Whore Luck

VÖ: 09.11.2007

Label: polyvinyl records

Vertrieb: cargo records

“Heavy on doom, atmosphere, with violin, cello, piano and guitar all creating a sense of incipient menace.” Q

“What raises Picastro above the herd of atmospheric noise-makers is that these tracks aren´t instrumental jams, they´re songs” “with all the structure and emotional closure that this implies.” Sunday Times

Comparisons to Godspeed You Black Emperor! And Dirty Three are inevitable, but Picastro also lay down all sorts of Eastern European folk vibes.” The Independent

“A gloomy variant of folk blues with a wide reach.” The Wire

Picastro (from Toronto, Canada) have received much praise for their broodingly beautiful, melancholic soundscapes, in which cello alternates in the lead with frontwoman Liz Hysen’’s submerged, murmured vocals.

Hysen and her revolving cast of band mates have been making the kinds of records whose deep humanity have provided comfort food for lost and suffering souls. The music is a hypnotic blend of haunted vocals, smoldering reverb-drenched guitars, and gnarled knots of strings that evokes such a lonely and intimate place that some people can´t help but want to make a home for themselves inside their heartsick melodies.

Picastro´s third album, Whore Luck, is a more melodically direct and texturally diverse listening experience. Pianos flutter and clang out of rhythm and around the melody. Strings (thanks in part to Owen Pallett of Final Fantasy) creak and groan in tangled knots, often sounding more like spirits aching to escape from floorboards than conventional instruments. As always, there are moment of heartbreaking beauty and heart-wrenching despair, and for the first time, Hysen uses her vocals more as a lead instrument than another texture in the mix.

Whore Luck is an album of somber reflection and uneasy resolve, from the intensely swirling morass of strings and wraith-like vocals in “All Erase” to the dissonant pump organ and sighing violin of “Ghosts,” a Roky Erickson cover. There are uncomfortably intimate piano ballads (“Friend of Mine”), violins that sound like curtains being torn from the wall (“Albanis”), and mangled assaults on the senses provided by wickedly entangled strings (“Towtruck,” which appeared in a BBC documentary about surrealism). There´s even a startlingly vulnerable cover of the Fall´s “Older Lover,” with Xiu Xiu´s Jamie Stewart singing backing vocals. But what stands out most are the varied and ambitious arrangements, with new members (cellist Nick Storring and drummer Brandon Valdivia) adding a more experimental and chaotic edge to the already meditative tones inherent in Hysen´s songwriting.

10.10.2007 A, Vienna, VorstadtӬ
11.10.2007 CZ, Prague, 007″¨
14.10.2007 GER, Leipzig, UT Connewitz Ҭ
15.10.2007 GER, Hamburg, Haus 73

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