4 Locally Released Tapes of 2014 You Should Hear
Mallevs - V.V.V.V.V. (Ascetic House)
By far one of the best tapes released during Ascetic House's robust January Program, Mallevs' V.V.V.V.V. delivers a refreshing brand of industrial dark wave phantasms. The overall tone of the album feels like floating in a sea of vacancy, with only the faint flutter of vocalist Jen Deveroux's harmonies guiding you towards the veiled light. There's a wonderfully balanced interplay in this band between a mechanically percussive edge and the haunting presence of dreary synth progressions. As if early era Death In June had a head-on collision with Sisters of Mercy. Their self-titled debut LP is due out this week on Gilgongo Records. Highly recommended!