Boomkat Product Review:
A masterpiece of Lynchian ambient doom jazz and elegiac solemnity comes of age - primed to ease sore heads into 2023. Huge RIYL Earth, Low, Badalamenti, Sabbath...
The 4th album proper by Mulheim an der Ruhr’s inimitable slowcore band delivers an end-of-the-bottle vision of depressed yet life-affirming, instrumental lounge jazz, guided by the spirits of doom metal in a way that has become Bohren & Der Club of Gore’s calling card since the mid ‘90s.
Their follow-up to towering classics of a singular genre, such as ‘Gore Motel’ (1995), Sunset Mission’ (2000), and ‘Black Earth’ (2002); ‘Geisterfaust’ (or ‘Ghost Fist’) holds among their classic titles with four of the band’s original members contributing achingly well-timed downstrokes of doom riffage and tenebrous atmosphere that indelibly marks the memory and evokes the darkest romance of soundtracks to Twin Peaks or Blue Velvet with a rare intensity and vaporous nature distilled from what were formerly, mutually exclusive, stylistic bedfellows.
Then a 4-piece band operating in a vein of what they described as an “unholy ambient mixture of slow jazz ballads, Black Sabbath doom and down-tuned Autopsy sounds”, Bohren followed their nose quite unlike anyone else in the game, with results that have endured beyond the shifting sands of trend and time. An exceedingly slow 20 minute introduction, ‘Zeigefinger’ acclimates the senses to unique atmospheric conditions and an imagined mise-en-scene of long faces, candlelight and ice clinking whisky tumblers, following to the soothing harmonic glow of ‘Daumen’ and a breathtaking centrepiece ‘Ringfinger’ where their doom glower really peers in thru the window, culminating in the exquisite balance of saxy tristesse and incandescent, rope-knotting hope to ‘Kleiner Finger’, by which point you'll be thoroughly lost in their thoughts and ready to pour another.
A masterclass in disposing generic blinkers and getting to the heart of what matters.