"it slowly builds an experiential soundscape out of leftover emotions, increasingly textured atmospheres and the hard realities of industrialised beats. It reminds me of some of the more experimental indie releases from the late 90s/early 00s, mixed with an early Earache Records feel." - Wonderbox Metal.
After Humanity is the debut album from James Parker, formerly of UK noise rockers Hey Colossus and lo-fi doom metallers Gorse.
The album is James’ first foray as a solo act, with an overall melancholy feel driven by viewing humanity’s recent efforts from a safe distance. This does however have the benefit of helping knit together the varying styles on show. So there might be a fairly big jump from a subtler, ‘shoegaze’ and drone-oriented feel to some harder-edged songs through the album, but a palpable doomy mood permeates.
Covering such topics as ecological neglect, political irresponsibility and a future where people are ever more overlooked for profit, the lyrical subject matter certainly isn’t fun and games, but it’s done with integrity and soulfulness. And musically there’s an effort made to offer subtle interlocking guitar/vocal melodies in balance with hazy noise and atmosphere, anchored by simple rhythms.
released January 6, 2017
Thanks to Olly Thomas for kind donation of the bass.