Opening with a long burst of static, “Dead Friends / Ex Lovers” breaks free into a lo-fi journey into darkness, pulsing, the vocals distorted and dragged out like fingernails on a chalkboard, your worst subconscious impulses converted to sound. The synths try to break free with a kind of 8-bit triumphant march only to be crushed down at the end by a wall of distortion. “Black Moon Curses” tries to recapture this escape from darkness, but is quickly pulled back into the depths by clawing hands, the two forces battling across the song’s three-and-a-half minutes, not so much dancing around one another but existing simultaneously in the same space like two distinct compositions being played at the same time. And lest you think that’s a criticism, I assure you it isn’t. The pull of the opposites is like a tug of war taking place within your mind. “Beckoning of Blood” marks the beginning of the end, the end of the light trying to assert itself, leaving behind only the basest impulses before finally giving way to “Frost and Dust”, its synths not uplifting but instead eerie and unsettling with pacing that implies something chasing you through the depths of your subconscious, something bound to eventually catch up with and devour you.
WRISTS is available on the Suicide Bong Bandcamp page HERE, both digitally and in a limited edition (of 100) cassette release.