Album Review: H. Grimace – ‘Self-Architect’

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With album artwork from the art career of Ludus’ lead singer, Linder, and music reminiscent of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Scream, H.Grimace has put together a heavily nostalgic gothic post-punk album.

On a positive note, H.Grimace’s incorporation of spoken word comes off as odd and unsettling which really furthers the effects of the album, and the use of field recordings such as the crashing waves at the beginning of ‘Land/Body’ and the spaced out production paint pictures of beautiful but bleak landscapes on the listener’s conscience. However, in spite of this, most of the album is highly reliant on the tropes of early post-punk, and brings little new to the table; the spacey production might even be seen as an attempt to resemble a record from the first wave of gothic bands like Wire, from whom H.Grimace draws much influence. Overall, the album is missing something to put it in standing with the big contemporaries, instead succeeding as a heavily nostalgic record with decent song-writing and some stand-out spoken word tracks.

[Tess Dawson]

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