check out Wreck and Reference (remastered LP release coming coming soon, stream it all here now)
In the nether between no wave, shoegaze, and black metal sits Wreck and Reference, who are offering their new release Black Cassette for free download and a remastered version via physical forms on Flenser Records on November 28th. Stream the remastered version for the first time in its entirety below, and preorder your copy along with the new Panopticon at the Flenser Records site.
One listen to Black Cassette and you’ll find it impressive to hear that the driving force behind the melodies is not a six-string, but rather triggered samples. The versatility allows for the band to conjure the guitar-like sounds in addition to layered-keyboard soundscapes that make Wreck and Reference so oddly compelling. Add in compressed and snappy drums that would have made J.Dilla reach for his SP-1200, and you have the blackened, pummeling gothic sound of this California crew. Fans of noisy-darkwave from Bauhaus to the roster of Sacred Bones should take note.
Stream all of “Black Cassette” below.