Holy Family Parish – Lis C45

27 February 2013 xdementia No Comment


Holy Family Parish – Lis C45

Razors and Medicine

Holy Family Parish is a project I haven’t had much experience with and a quick search on discogs shows that their output is limited. With this tape they present a good handful of tracks ranging from guitar ambient, to throbbing minimalist sounds.

The tracks here are very diverse with each one offering a different take. It makes the album sound rather scattered yet also quite esoteric. As if these tracks were collected over a long period of time and each one from very different settings. Perhaps the most jarring are the tracks that present a lone meandering guitar as the source. They tend to be slow and somewhat melancholic.

The noisier tracks here are raw and simplistic but they have a movement and basic framework that makes them effective. The production is quite lo-fi but it adds to the dusty atmosphere that pervades the release as a whole.

It’s a solid album but one that seems a touch forgettable. Perhaps it’s that the minimalism – where it appears – isn’t consistent enough, or the lack of low end in the track lineup. Either way Lis sounds like a competent showing of a project that is still trying to pin down their sound and style.

Composition: ★★☆☆☆
Sounds: ★★½☆☆
Production Quality: ★★☆☆☆
Concept: ★★½☆☆
Packaging: ★★★☆☆
Overall Rating: ★★½☆☆

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