REPUBLIC OF DREAMS / AUTARKEIA: Split: 7”

Did not realize I still liked Orchid and Usurp Synapse until I listened to Republic Of Dreams (I mean Chaos Is Me, Jeromes Dream split Orchid, not awkward Situationist pre-Panthers Orchid). Short, spazzy, overwhelming dread still works, FYI. Autarkeia does one slow-burner with many peaks and valleys, glides between time signatures, and sings about anxiety, which I appreciate. Actually had to google this to see if it came out this year or sometime in the late ‘90s. Actually travelled back in time and posted on a Skylab board, actually went to a Honeywell show and asked around. 

 –Matt Werts (IFB, ifbrecords.com / Moment Of Collapse, momentofcollapse.com / React With Protest, reactwithprotest.org / Suspended Soul, suspendedsoul.storenvy.com / Zegema Beach, zegemabeachrecords.com)