Thursday, October 09, 2014

Heading On Down...

T.K. Bollinger & That Sinking Feeling - A Catalogue Of Woe (2014)


A Catalogue Of Woe comes to us courtesy of Australia's doom blues underground, featuring a stripped-down but effective arrangement of guitar, drums, bass, and the guitarist's vocals. Sounding weary but willing to endure more troubles, the trio does right by the blues, while at the same time sounding as baked by the sun as non-Australians usually imagine the country to be.
Unlike the small-room acoustics of typical delta blues, That Sinking Feeling gives their instruments a little touch of echo, giving the album a sense of bigger things going on in the background while keeping the songs' stories focused on the person going through them. It works well, allowing them to keep the melodies grounded in simple, slow-moving musical pleasures without losing energy or momentum, and they flow smoothly from one song into the next while relishing each for what it is.
There's not much in the way of bloat on the album, so things move along at a steady clip, taking just as much time as called for by the songs and their moods. The music targets an itch not many bands try to scratch, so if you've been looking for more doom-soaked blues to add to your collection, turn your ears to Australia and let That Sinking Feeling fill them.
~ Gabriel

For Fans Of; Danzig, Deadboy & The Elephantmen, Jak Locke, Blue In The Face, Occultation




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