:: Haunter - June ::
Earlier this month Otherworldly Mystics released a tape for Haunter’s self titled EP (not to be confused with the self titled release on their bandcamp from 2012). Since my first listen I’ve found myself constantly revisiting it, finding warmth in these songs.
June, the opening track on this tape, is a slowburning shoegaze gem. There’s a sort of magic in the way this track progresses, opening with a thick guitar lead that feeds directly into heavy distortion. The fuzzed out sections on this track feel powerful, partially because of the steady percussion backing them, but what’s beautiful about June is how things retreat back into quieter (and slightly darker) movements. The way the vocals glide over gentle guitar lines creates a sort of eerie atmosphere on this track. All of this, of course, also plays well with the typical shoegaze elements you’d expect, namely the obscured vocals, but none of these elements feel cliche in Haunter’s hands.
As a whole Haunter works because the band is able to make these slow paced songs interesting. They build on sounds and textures to keep the tracks engaging, but they’re still tracks you settle into. You don’t just listen to these songs, you live in them and let them surround you for as long as they play. It might take a few listens for these tracks to stick, but the patience is definitely rewarded.
Haunter is available both as a digital download and cassette through the link below. Give their older material a listen at their bandcamp page.
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