Boomkat Product Review:
Wrekmeister Harmonies’ new album, ‘The Alone Rush’ - their first as the core duo of JR Robinson and Esther Shaw - is a hauntingly intense and dark meditation on death and isolation, whose concise compositions carry an emotional heft without the orchestrated bombast of their previous four albums.
"‘The Alone Rush’ retains Wrekmeister Harmonies’ expansive and ambitious aesthetic, blending waves of ethereal keyboards, haunting string melodies and crescendos of dissonance but now turns central focus towards Robinson’s deep, rich and soothing vocals. ‘The Alone Rush’ features guest performances by Thor Harris (Swans) and was recorded by acclaimed New York producer Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, John Zorn, Lydia Lunch).
Over the course of their five albums on Thrill Jockey, Wrekmeister Harmonies have veered from drone to modern classical, outrock and extreme metal, curating and orchestrating the talents of such varied underground luminaries as Godspeed! You Black Emperor, David Yow of The Jesus Lizard, Chip King and Lee Buford of The Body, Marissa Nadler, Jef Whitehead of Leviathan, Alexander Hacke of Einstürzende Neubauten, Sanford Parker of Minsk, the freeimprov cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, Chris Brokaw of Come and jazz composer Ken Vandermark."