PRIVATE ROOM: Forever and Ever: LP

The cover art simultaneously drew me in and frightened me. One of my most memorable nightmares to date involved me in a dark room with a scale catching grains of sand falling from the sky. Each microscopic grain weighed a ton, it seemed, causing my knees to buckle and my sanity to be tested. The album artwork depicts a man seated with a large rock upon his head while being tethered to a small pile of rubble and debris. The similarities were subtle yet familiar so I ignored any possible triggers and put this platter on my turntable to discover that the music is just as nightmarish as J. Gallego’s impeccable artwork. Forever and Ever is eight ear-aching tracks that don’t go down easy and defy categorization, although you could slide this somewhere between Unsane and Big Black and not be wrong. Insalubrious and uneasy: just the way I like my music. –Juan Espinosa (Iron Lung)