Broken Water - Tempest [LP]
Olympia, WA three-piece, Broken Water, a sometimes noisy, sometimes droning, often pretty and subtly pop sounding band, is very much a product of its hometown. Shape-shifting over the course of EPs, singles, and full-length albums released consistently since 2009, the band has managed the rare feat of evolution in the service of a signature sound, wild experimentation that ultimately works as a harness, locking down the music's unique and idiosyncratic internal logic.
All band members contribute lead vocals, Jon Hanna often sounds like Thurston Moore at his bratty best singing from the belly of a giant grizzly, and Kanako Pooknyw and Abigail Ingram balance things out with a mix of Mazzy Star-like precision and eerie, haunting melodies that can draw a jagged line back to My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, or even the springy, deadpan vocals of Black Tambourine.
Add to this the way each instrument plays both for and against the others, and Broken Water creates an energetic crescendo; a controlled and restless sound, one that is ambient and ethereal without denying itself the messy joy of punk rock; a loud band, with seeds of aggression, but one that doesn't mask melody for the conceit of a sonic assault. 2012's Tempest draws heavily from the detuned pop malay of Sonic Youth, immediate hooks of Nirvana, and the note bending tidal wave of feedback of MBV.
Broken Water Tempest Track Listing:
2. Coming Down
3. Orange Blossom Stains
4. Yanka Dyagileva
6. Some Thread to Connect
8. River Under the River
10. When You Said