album stream premiere: Elaborate Minor Crisis - Havania Whaal
There are instances in which a band and their pieces of music can keep you continually guessing, their identity evolving and forming right before you. On Elaborate Minor Crisis, the band Havania Whaal twists and turns through various facets of sounds and ideal - from the screaming shoegaze of "Bay of Pigs" to the kicking punk and seemingly fearless grit of the determined "Blowtorch" to the beautiful expanse created by the ringing strings of "Chambers", the Portland-based trio thrives on a sonic display of influences and inspirations that unravel into something wholly their own. There's no one description or genre that this band fits into and its an album that begs your full attention. This isn't a release that should be relegated to background noise while you surf the Internet or head off on your commute to work, it's one you need to hand yourself over to. In addition to their amazingly diverse collection of sounds is a message; one of coming out on the other side of an abusive relationship and the band hopes this work serves as a form of solace and empathy for other people who have gone through abuse. In short, the release is cathartic and massive, so give a listen below. and preorder your copy.