Label: Thrill Jockey - THRILL 391 • Format: Vinyl LP • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Space Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Noise
Their trajectory seemed in line with other space-brained rockers of their time, including prolific output in the form of multiple limited-edition releases that would often include lengthy jams that grew more fried and alien-sounding as the band continued.
Walks for Motorists represents something of a sea change for White Hillsas the album sees them turning away somewhat from the guitar-centric freakouts of their previous work to songs built more on Wanderlust - White Hills - Walks For Motorists , stripped-down grooves.
Not to say that this newfound clarity means the band is any more sterile or less psychedelic. Album opener "No Will," based around a churning rhythm and a repetitive fuzz bassline, is a dirty, terrifying start to things, with the occasional chiming of haunted backing vocals being the only thing steering the song away from becoming an industrial track somewhere between Suicide and Alien Sex Fiend. This sleazy sound shows up throughout the album, as with the gnarled groove of "Wanderlust" and the explosive "We Are What You Are.
Walks for Motorists is a reinvention of sorts for the band, but it's a confused and unclear one. While not without some standout moments, the album lacks some of the atmosphere inherent to the band's more free-floating space rock jams.
While the snap into tightly focused and sometimes more fiery songwriting is remarkable, the songs aren't as across-the-board strong as they'd need to be Wanderlust - White Hills - Walks For Motorists make Discrimination - Capitalist Casualties - Disassembly Line entire album as remarkable as the shift it represents.
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