Giles Corey
Hinterkaifeck


3.0
good

Review

by Martin L. USER (44 Reviews)
February 20th, 2013 | 23 replies


Release Date: 02/21/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: less is more

On his last EP, Deconstructionist, there was evidence that Dan Barrett had finally plummeted off into the deep end. The dive was not a nuanced, graceful fall but a headfirst, sploosh into inelegant territory of layers and binaural recordings and lack of harmony. It was a release that relied entirely on climaxes and tension, when Barrett insisted on including aspects like full-length fucking speeches in his half-hour-long tracks. It was like the artist insisted on communicating the nausea he had been experiencing on such agonizing releases like his self-titled Giles Corey, but it came off more laughable and annoying than it did sincerely unsettling and terrifying. Those willing to give him another chance will be rewarded with his latest EP, Hinterkaifeck. Barrett maintains the dense, dark atmosphere but utilizes less to accomplish much more.

Stripped down, Giles Corey’s Hinterkaifeck is a testament to his ability to wield emotion with his ambience and subtlety, like in the closer “Wounded Wolf.” It’s a quiet track that evolves slowly and never goes much of anywhere, but maintains a steadiness that’s reminiscent of slowcore giants like Low or Codeine. Oppositely, the opener “Winter’s House” is the most bombastic of the threesome. Barrett uses an acoustic guitar to dip in and out of moods and the result is a folk-y, bare bones track. There’s an astute roughness to it; you can hear the guitar slide in-between his echoing vocals. Throughout, he sounds faraway, and never strains himself, much unlike his work with Have A Nice Life. It’s a nice touch of detail, and adds to the acute atmosphere that the artist is so attentive to.

While Hinterkaifeck doesn’t hint towards any major stylistic departures, it certainly shouldn’t. Barrett makes the right move in curtailing this release to a measly fifteen minutes, showing that he can still amass such despondence without getting too distracted. So while the awkwardly-titled EP doesn’t compare with his more successful LP’s under either moniker, I don’t think anyone can complain considering how successful Barrett is here at paring down his ambitions and making himself more potent in the process.



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MO
February 20th 2013


19068 Comments


very nice man, you best have applied for contrib

Xenophanes
Emeritus
February 20th 2013


10662 Comments


Deconstructionist*


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carouse
February 20th 2013


334 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thank you for the correction, it slipped by me.

MeatSalad
February 20th 2013


15023 Comments


Wintergayfuck

North0House2
February 20th 2013


5889 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I love this guy's material. Especially when he works in HANL. I loved the first Giles Corey release. but this just feels pretty meh to me, all around. No stand out moments.

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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2013


24089 Comments


"Wintergayfuck"

that was more or less my first thought too lol

I still need to find someway of connecting with the s/t LP before I get around to this. Nice review though, I'd like to see you make contrib.

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carouse
February 21st 2013


334 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thank you, Aids.

PunkMoon
February 21st 2013


20 Comments


Excellent review!

tragic.details
February 21st 2013


626 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review, pretty much sums up all of my feelings for this EP.


CasinoColumbus
February 21st 2013


340 Comments


Nice little review man, and grats on the feature. Does anyone know whether HANL is still active? Haven't heard from them in ages.

scissorlocked
February 21st 2013


3511 Comments


nice review

also, generic summary

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chambered99
February 21st 2013


821 Comments


y arent u a contrib

Graveyard
February 21st 2013


5817 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-7qC-1uCQo

TheNexus100
February 21st 2013


2591 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

fuck

i rlly liked self titled

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SpritzSpritz
February 21st 2013


528 Comments


new hanl will be released this year.

Nikkolae
February 21st 2013


4870 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

so how much did you like deathconciousness?

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foxxxythnksustnk
February 22nd 2013


2132 Comments


'less is more'

mindfuk

joshuatree
Emeritus
February 22nd 2013


3742 Comments


damn dude need to get this shit

Winesburgohio
February 22nd 2013


1057 Comments


Didn't this dude get married last year?

I hope him and his partner have a nice life together heuheuheu

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MeatSalad
February 22nd 2013


15023 Comments


wahaeshasehaehaehsa



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