Hurtbreak Wonderland was released in 2007 by Katsuhiko Maeda a.k.a. World’s End Girlfriend. The first thing that struck me about this record is the amount of layering and experimental effects infused throughout. Whispers, ambient sounds, and classical instruments all find a place on this LP. As one listens, the surprises jump out from every doorway. This track, Birthday Resistance incorporates the many fabrics in this work and delivers them with a beautiful brass lullaby that soothes the spirit…just beware of the ghosts.
Palmless Prayer/Mass Murder Refrain Is a collaborative effort from two distinguished Post-Rock entities. The album invokes, almost, a debilitating sadness. Filled with strings and haunting voices, it is best to listen to in the dark…enveloped in your despair. I thought about including the whole LP as the cathartic release from the depths of your darkness is best achieved in its entirety, but settled on Part III instead.
“A grief without a pang, void, dark and drear,
A drowsy, stifled, unimpassioned grief,
Which finds no natural outlet or relief,
In word, or sigh, or tear.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge