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Silent Places

by Houses of Heaven

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The Perfect Weather Institute
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The Perfect Weather Institute Front to Back one of the best albums I have heard in a good while.
Favorite track: All Possible Obstacles Are Present.
Neshenti
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Neshenti I just "found" Houses of Heaven, and I'm so glad I did. It's nearly impossible to pick a single favorite from this LP, since there are so many unique gems to choose from, notably 'Dissolve The Floor', 'All Possible Obstacles Are Present' and 'Sleep', but you'll want to carve out some time to listen to the whole album in its entirety. Just the right amount of tension, punch and otherworldly synth layers throughout. 'Pathwork' and 'Caresses' are beautifully dark closing tracks. Favorite track: Dissolve The Floor.
Matthew Smith
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Matthew Smith Very difficult to pick a favorite track as they're all solid, no filler. Energetic and brooding at the same time. Favorite track: Sleep.
F700
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F700 Massive new album from Houses of Heaven! No filler here, only hitters! The recording quality is high end and it needs to be listened (very) loud Favorite track: In Soft Confusion.
posteverythingsatx
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posteverythingsatx I cannot decide definitively on a best track because so many are so good. The production is exquisite. Favorite track: All Possible Obstacles Are Present.
Alejandro Restrepo
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Alejandro Restrepo It’s really fucking GOOD. the sound is multilayered, very present but at the same recessed. Driving without being overwhelming.
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Layering synths, guitars, electronic percussion, and live drums, Houses of Heaven fuses early industrial and techno rhythms with the melodicism of shoegaze and a heavy dose of dub-influenced effects. Formed in Oakland, California by Keven Tecon, Adam Beck, and Nick Ott, the band follows up the Remnant EP with their first full-length album titled Silent Places. Written against the backdrop of the Northern California wildfires, ever-growing tent cities and the continued rise of empty luxury housing in the Bay Area, the album explores the intimate experiences that transpire within the chaotic confines of modern living.

Opener "Sleep" basks in the tension surrounding the album's inception with blown-out kick drums, claustrophobic verses, and deteriorating vocal effects. Sharp arpeggiated synths and woozy strings neutralize the track's subterranean anxiety with texture and sensuality. Produced by Matia Simovich (Inhalt) and with engineering credits that include Monte Vallier (Weekend) and John McEntire (Tortoise), it's a potent introduction to the muscular sound design underpinning the album.

Booming taiko drums sound the beginning of "Dissolve the Floor," the album's most club-ready track. A pulsing arpeggio gives the song its industrial heartbeat while disintegrating tape delay throws menace into the hazy atmosphere. The undulating techno beat breaks and repairs itself with seductive and satisfying timing. "In Soft Confusion" doesn't stray from the album's obsidian narrative as it envisions and ponders the aftermath of human extinction. Sonically speaking, though, it's the album's most uptempo offering with Tecon's supremely infectious chorus vocal hook and Beck's dizzying guitar riffs.

The intricate electronic drum programming is elevated by Ott's live drumming, which lends a refreshingly human touch to the potentially icy, and often mechanical, sonic territory of synth-driven music. Adding density to the album's shadowy allure are the unusual sounds and vintage outboard effects that Tecon and Simovich impressively maneuver into the album's tonal palette. Great care has been taken to finesse familiar pop structures with an inventive edge. It's this mindfulness of past and present that is sure to secure Silent Places as a standout album in the new decade.

Silent Places is released by Felte on May 01, 2020.

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released May 1, 2020

℗ + © felte 2020
All songs written & performed by Houses of Heaven
Keven Tecon - vocals / synths / guitar / drum programming
Adam Beck - guitar / synths
Nick Ott - live drums / drum programming / synths

Produced & mixed by Matia Simovich @ Infinite Power Studios, Los Angeles
Recording & additional production by Monte Vallier @ Ruminator Audio, San Francisco
Additional recording by John McEntire @ Soma Studios, Nevada City
Additional recording & production by Houses of Heaven
Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri @ Black Knoll Studio, New York
Art & layout by Anthony Ciannamea

Special thanks to Jeff Owens, Matia Simovich, Monte Vallier, Emily Jane White, Akemi Okamoto, Justin Anastasi, Sherah Beck, Jeremy Sullivan & Dave Smith Instruments.

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