Radical Empathy / One Percent Press (2017)
I will admit, I've had this album sitting around for a a while, unsure of what exactly I wanted to say about it. I find it kind of perplexing and it's difficult to articulate the things about it that don't quite land for me, but without insinuating that it's inherently bad.
The album was sent to me to listen to by the folks at One Percent Press. It's an LP reissue of Governess' self titled album, originally only released on cassette. For that reason along OPP and co releasing label Radical Empathy should be commend. I'll always support liberating albums from tape hell. That being said, this isn't really the sort of album that I would really ever listen to all that often.
The production on the entire record is very soft. Instruments register in the background, sometimes seeming like they were recorded on a different plane, not quite in the studio and not quite of this dimension. The vocals are otherworldly, giving a gentle but haunting vibe and they glide over the sparse drumming and even sparser guitar work.
If you are looking for something that's perhaps a bit more chill than your typical punk rock diet or if you are a bit more into soundscape type stuff or albums that make strong use of audio texture, this might be up your alley. For me, it's just kind of pleasant background noise. Not present enough to offend or delight.
Governess - S/T: