The Body & Braveyoung – Nothing Passes
I really like “The Waters of The Earth Turn to Blood,” the last album by the Rhode Island experimental doom band The Body. I know that some people out there hated it and hate The Body, typically calling them a hipster band, but personally, I thought it was a refreshing take on doom metal and it’s an album I listen to on a regular basis.
The Body have toured with the Braveyoung, a post rock band from South Carolina recently and now the two groups have released “Nothing Passes,” a collaboration between the two bands.
This is another excellent work. It takes each bands unique sound and combines it, creating a new sound. The first song, with the completely original title of “Song One,” starts things off with several minute of droning feedback and violin loops. The next song, which also sports the creative title “Song Two,” starts off with some low feedback and a xylophone loop, with choir vocals coming in around the two minute mark, drums coming in a few minutes later and the instantly recognizable vocals of The Body’s Chip King. This song is the most reminiscent of anything the Body has done before, but it is still something a bit different, thanks to the contributions of Braveyoung. Next up, “Nothing Passes” jumps right back into the drone, with nine minutes of feedback, modulations and loops. The closing track, “The Vision” is pretty much a gospel track, as only these bands could create. Acoustic guitars backed by a low wall of feedback and distortion, a choir in the background and the soulful, yet somewhat haunting lead vocals with lyrics about an angelic vision. This is a really beautiful track, very ethereal and moving, its quite a bit different from the rest of the album, but it in no way sounds out of place.
This album won’t change the mind of all those haters out there, but it really is a good album.