Boomkat Product Review:
A veritable improv-noise supergroup, Hototogisu is a duo made up of Double Leopards’ Marcia Bassett and Matthew Bower of Sunroof! And Skullflower. This album collects tracks from the duo’s ultra-limited releases on their own Heavy Blossom imprint, including 2005’s Awful Symmetry and the previous year’s Swoon Scream, with a new unreleased track as a bonus. Without doubt sitting at the most extreme end of the psych spectrum, Some Blood Will Stick is an utterly uncompromising disc. The album’s unrelenting abrasion is sourced from guitar-sourced noise and feedback on an astonishing scale. A vast, shifting tundra of wrenching discord and sustained drones, it’s hard to imagine a more definitive collection of this duo’s formidable work. The disc’s sound is further exaggerated and disfigured by some re-editing of the original pieces by Matthew Bower himself, and the entirely sympathetic mastering by Matthew Hull at Visceral Sound. A truly devastating package.