Mean is a new project by acclaimed instrumentalists Jeff Boyle (Jakob) and H Walker (Kerretta, Avotor).
Like the bands that spawned Mean, the debut album is dynamic and unsettling, shifting between contrasting styles within the space of a song. Moments of quiet ambience and modulating guitar give way to electrical pulses and spacious, rolling drum patterns over the course of the album’s almost soundtrack-like structure.
Captured over a period of five years, Knowing contains hints of Jakob’s mountainous crescendos and Kerretta’s muscular groove. But Mean is a denser and more slow-burning affair than its predecessors. Knowing introduces the patient listener to a musical realm where the focus is on taut restraint rather than release, and the mood can move from discomfort to melody in an instant.
Pressed on light blue marbled vinyl, limited to 250 copies. Gatefold cover, download code.