harm wülf Hijrah (LP, £13.50)label: Deathwish Inc.
Philadelphia’s Harm Wülf is G. Hirsch, known for his lyrical and vocal work in the band Blacklisted. Harm Wülf is inspired by a range of artists: from the tranquil resonance of Low, to the rhythmic acoustic strumming of Strength Through Joy, and the ascending power of Angels Of Light. Even calling to the insular/grotesque Americana of Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O’Connor. Most times sparse and austere and at others apocalyptically orchestrated, Harm Wülf has the sound of something long since missing. Hijrah is the emotional second album from Harm Wülf. Where the debut album (Deathwish, 2013) was primarily built on the singer/songwriter experience, Hijrah introduces a wash of stark instrumentation with Jon Nean of Blacklisted on Bass and engineer/musician Arthur Rizk (Inquisition, Prurient) on percussion backing G. Hirsch as he performs all vocal, guitar, and harmonica duties. Altogether they have created a dark and emotional atmosphere that is more fully realised than ever before. • Harm Wülf is George Hirsch of Blacklisted • Recorded by Arthur Rizk (Inquisition, Prurient) • Guest musicians: Jon Nean & Arthur Rizk • Artwork design by J. Bannon (Converge, Fucked Up)
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