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khost - governance (cd)


ARTIST // khost
LABEL // cold spring records (uk)
CAT // csr237cd


Governance continues Khost's immersion in themes of detachment and dissonance. It ruminates upon the exertion of wills that are not your own, and upon the ways to detect and trace the outlines of the presence(s) that may exert these wills upon you, day-by-day. Governance was written over the course of the 2016/17 winter, during times of unease and sickness for the band, including one near-death experience. The resulting album is a hinterland of low resolution transmissions interspersed with broad concrete columns of distortion that loom suddenly from the dim landscape. Governance is like driving at night with your spirituality asleep at the wheel. With demoralizing vocal terror, hypnotic nightmare-scapes, frost-encrusted tones, and horrifying rhythms, Khost's Governance devastates the listener with nearly fifty minutes of entrancing, yet hazardous tectonic doom-laced revulsion. Features guest appearances from Eugene Robinson (Oxbow) and Jo Quail, and includes a remix of the track "Coven" by Tel Aviv artist Adrian Stainburner. Khost is comprised of Andy Swan (Final, Iroha) and Damian Bennett (Carthage, Techno Animal, Deathless). Comes in a six-panel digipak.