• nadja The Bungled & the Botched (LP, £15.75)

    label: Blocks Recording Club

    This album is Nadja's most scorching and most achingly beautiful set yet, pushing the boundaries into ever greater washes of distortion and crystalline silences. Nadja is a duo of Aidan Baker and Leah Buckareff from Toronto, Canada making music that encompasses experimental/drone, ambient, shoegazer and doom metal. Originally formed in 2003 by Baker as a solo endeavour, Buckareff joined in 2005 to bring Nadja out of the studio and into a live setting. They have since released numerous albums with such labels as Alien8 Recordings, The End Records and Conspiracy Records. "Nadja somehow churns out 'doom metal' for the post-rock and noise sets… Nadja can be as heavy as the best industrial or doom band you've ever heard. Then again, sometimes they sound like they've taped a contact mic to some great abyss and let the tape roll with the soft murmurs of souls. That liminal space is perfect and magnetic" - Pitchfork. "Baker and Buckareff take brutal, ponderous mono-riffs and turn them into spectral abstractions. Nadja's alchemical process seamlessly transforms ponderous Metal into abstract grandeur and finally a blissful disintegration" - The Wire.

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