HOLODECK is proud to bring you the cassette edition of TFWC’s debut LP (Monofonus Press, July 2012). Dope Moons Vol. I displays a monumental step of sonic-advancement for this Austin-based quartet who have, until now, been known exclusively for their extended impenetrable walls of drone shredding. Dope Moons is the result of a deeper trip into the studio with a markedly more sophisticated approach to song writing. One can still find Whale Claw sinking their teeth into highly conceived ambient pieces on Deimos and Veritas, which are filled with tape manipulations, outer space samples, minimal percussion, and truly dense melodic structures that collectively unveil much more intricately designed drone compositions.
The rest of Dope Moons introduces Whale Claw’s newly formed penchant for beat driven, kraut-soaked, four-on-the-floor psychedelic vision quests like Phobos and Ganymede, both prolonged excursions that continue to unfold and morph until your consciousness has arrived in Whale Claw’s greater realm. Driving kick drums are carried by rhythmic synth patterns and pulsating bass lines that pull the listener into a sustained, seemingly infinite psychic immersion. Flourishes of organ and guitar leads dissolve and drip feedback onto the mix before instantly vaporizing into spectral fragments, acting as momentary guides along Whale Claw’s ever expanding journey into the unknown.
released March 1, 2013
Musicians: Justin Goers, Adam Jones, Jesse Jenkins, Matt Davidson
Recording: Michael McCay, Dylan Cameron
Mixing and additional sequencing: Dylan Cameron