High Watt Electrocutions - Night Songs (IMPORT) (CD)
Catalog number: ins001
High Watt Electrocutions is the ultimate vision of an exceptional artist from Winnipeg, Canada, by the name of Ryan Settee, who performed and produced basically everything on this first full-length release, 'Night Songs', in his own studio.
'Night Songs' is a concept album in the classical sense, presenting an esoteric epic that has no fixed storyline, but follows the events of one long and strange evening, as each track has a traditional song title and an exact time of night. Beginning with the chaotic "Sonic Maelstrom (9:30 pm),” High Watt Electrocutions uses a variety of instruments and other techniques to effectively create a range of moods that match the time of night and title given for each track. They're all about textures and feeling, and when there are vocals, they're often buried in the mix under the swirling fuzzed-out guitars, strings, percussion, and other layers of sound. Settee draws from a deep well of diverse influences to compose his own brand of experimental psychedelic drone.
The band draws heavily from obscure mid to late 60’s and early 70’s psychedelia, as well as metal from the same era. High Watt Electrocutions combines the hypnotic, tribal qualities of The Stooges, Velvet Underground and Spacemen 3 albums, with grandiose, cinematic Phil Spector-esque production, along with elements of fuzzed out bands such as Blue Cheer and Black Sabbath. Black Mountain fans take note of this one!
On their debut full-length recording, the Winnipeg-based High Watt Electrocutions offer an impressive range of neo-psychedelia and space rock songs that resonate for miles. Many of the epic tunes clock in around the ten-minute mark and the extended durations serve to establish an intricate sonic architecture. The barbiturate-laced splendour of Spacemen 3 serves as a key reference point on many songs, including “Sonic Maelstrom” and “Into the Abyss,” but the disc also offers a variety of other textures. At close to 70 minutes in length, 'Night Songs' does pose demands on a listener’s attention span but its dense layers are well worth exploring and returning to for repeated listenings. With this recording, High Watt Electrocutions convey an excellent comprehension of how to spin musical repetition into hypnotic cascades of sound.