Bismuth - The Slow Dying Of The Great Barrier Reef LP
'The Slow Dying of the Great Barrier Reef' is the Nottingham drone duo's second full length release, and is in many ways a continuation of earlier work; a strong focus on multiple layers and frequencies coming together to create an enveloping and often oppressive sound is very much the band's MO.
'The Slow Dying of the Great Barrier Reef' is a two song opus with quite self explanatory subject matter, lyric-wise. Outside of the band, Tanya, is a volcanologist with a passion for envrionmental science. She explains:
"The current political discourse on how to reduce our impact on ecosystems is stuck in semantics, all while these systems degrade. I believe we can reduce our impact, and I am hopeful that solutions will be found. However, many of these solutions are halted, while governments argue over who is to blame. The album title makes reference to the fact that climate change is affecting this habitat extremely, and inaction is one of the biggest causes of it's decline."
The title track is a 32 minute behemoth, which stays true to their own description - heavy with a core of fragility. The second track, Weltschmerz is - musically and thematically - a continuation of the first. Whilst their songs lean towards being lengthy, the message and passion behind them never diminishes.
Dry Cough Records