Shlohmo will release his second album 'Dark Red' in April.
25-year-old LA native Henry Laufer released his first album 'Bad Vibes', in 2011. New album 'Dark Red' follows plenty of remix work and productino with Jeremih and BANKS, and sees him drawing on '90s IDM, jungle tapes, and – weirdly – sludge metal.
"It sounds like if Electric Wizard tried to make an R&B record," Shlohmo says in a press release, "Or Boards of Canada meets Burzum by the River Styx." Indeed.
New song Buried, streaming now, shows a lot of growth for Shlohmo's sound, favouring fuzz, guitar licks, and considered arrangements over pristine sounds and rap beats. It's very promising.
"When I started working on 'Dark Red' about two and a half years ago, I had just moved back to LA and built a small studio in my apartment, mostly with my dad’s old gear from the '80s," Shlohmo says of the new direction, "I had just lost some people close to me and was dealing with another loved one's health issues. I was all over the place mentally, and I think it reflects in this record whether I like it or not. The only thing I did know going into it, was that I wanted this one to be loud, and not just loud but really really f***ing loud. I wanted the sound of the thing to be devastating and violent. Recordings that force you to feel something even if that something isn’t good. I’m proud to have made something polarizing."
Shlohmo 'Dark Red' tracklisting:
01. Ten Days of Falling
02. Meet Ur Maker
04. Emerge From Smoke
05. Slow Descent
True Panther Sounds/WEDIDIT release 'Dark Red' on April 6th 2015 (pre-order).