THE CUTEST PUPPY IN THE WORLD
The first two (and longest) tracks display the band's gaping range: "Sordomutics" weaves dark, Eyes Wide Shut-ish piano dirge thru stretched horn (clarinet maybe?) and unidentified glimmer; maybe because of the D.C. association, it reminds me of the frozen chill of EBSK. "Yugen Gracehopper," by contrast, winds through bright-colored drones and air-pushing blasts, yet retains the same stark, woods-in-winter feel of its predecessor. From there, things get both noisier ("gem-de-lovely" sounds like someone sawing through the Tin Man's body to get at his heart) and subtler ("nangen cuts the cat in two"'s solemn bell-ring evokes a japanese temple at dawn), and boredom takes a hike for the entirety. I'm pretty blurry-brained due too much verbiage lately, so I apologize if I'm not fully depicting TCPITW's stellar mix of ambience, abrasion, and the tension in between. But trust me, it's better than any words (or names) could ever convey.
I should post one of FINFOLK's harshest tracks to show the extremes this pair can reach (and spare some bandwidth), but I'm too into the track below not to offer it up. Its minimalist piano and detuned guitar (I think?) hold a few cacophonous peaks, but mostly deliver truly moving sound that some silent film needs to use, and soon.