Monday, March 2, 2015

HIRAM-MAXIM + Decibel

On the eve of the release of Hiram-Maxim's debut, the Cleveland creepers have teamed up with Decibel Magazine to offer a stream of the entire album. Stream the doomy, improvisational epic, here.

Hiram-Maxim is out officially tomorrow, March 3rd, on Aqualamb Records. Order it from Aqualamb, here.

Hiram-Maxim's spooky blues take the form of long, winding songs – a bit like exploring a haunted house. Comparisons to early Pink Floyd and Oxbow have popped up in recent reviews, along with phrases like "murky psychedelic venture" and "cloudy haze." Guitar, electronics, drums, and unhinged vocals combine in intense, textural ways.

Adding to the coolness is Aqualamb Records and its unique approach to releasing music. As Decibel's Justin Norton explains: "The Brooklyn label, owned by two graphic designers/musicians, is releasing albums as artwork: 100-page bound and printed books. We've seen bits and piece of these types of releases – the book insert in the deluxe edition of Converge's All We Love We Leave Behind comes to mind – but this might be the most ambitious project yet." Aqualamb is an exciting new voice in the ongoing conversation about how to release music tangibly in 2015 and beyond.

"[Aqualamb Records], owned by two graphic designers/musicians, is releasing albums as artwork: 100-page bound and printed books. We've seen bits and piece of these types of releases – the book insert in the deluxe edition of Converge's All We Love We Leave Behind comes to mind – but this might be the most ambitious project yet."
–Decibel

"[Hiram-Maxim's] 'Visceral' builds into an apocalyptic fervor before dissipating into a cloudy haze and ending before you've had your fill. Thankfully there's a whole album of these brutal-but-beautiful goodies. Even better, it's going to be released on Aqualamb Records – a label that specializes in publishing 33 1/3-esque picture books alongside their audio releases."
–VICE

"In the spirit of labels like Hydra Head or Sacred Bones, Brooklyn's Aqualamb Records was born from the desire to place as much value on the aesthetic of a physical release as the music itself. The label's first release of 2015 is a murky psychedelic venture into a darkness that immediately seems familiar to the Ummagumma days of Pink Floyd... The album's congruence of spacious ambience and hissing electronics makes for the kind of pulsing abrasion that's immediately and infectiously rewarding."
–Steel for Brains

"Band of the Week... [Hiram-Maxim]'s forthcoming debut mixes elements of noise, post-rock and punk."

–Cleveland Scene

"More like an experiment in the deconstruction of sound than an album in the traditional sense... In another universe, one might call it punk rock. Here, it is gleefully and thoroughly fucked up."

–The Obelisk

"Pink Floyd-esque progressive rock nuances and Oxbow-style weirdness... Noisy, psychedelic and just plain odd."

–American Aftermath