3xCD boxset from Matthew Bower’s project Skullflower. It includes reissues of 1994 Carved Into Roses and 1995 Infinityland, as well as a collection of four 7″ singles (White Fang, Choady Foster, The Art Of… and Village Sorting).
Recorded together and originally conceived as a double-CD back in the dark ages of 1995, Carved Into Roses and Infinityland find the transitioning from the heavy riffs of Skullflower’s early days to a more free-form sound that continues to drive Matthew Bower’s many guises (Total, Sunroof!, Hototogisu, Mirag, etc.) to this day. The revamped lineup of Bower, Stuart Dennison, Russell Smith (of UK scuzz legend Terminal Cheesecake) and Phillip Best whacks away at both styles simultaneously, with lumbering hooks meeting rainbows of coruscating feedback.
Stream: Pipe Dream | Metallurgical King | White Fang | False Magic Kingdom
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