Bridgetown #99


After a pair of short but powerfully conceived cassettes packaged in handmade books, etched wooden boxes and wax-sealed envelopes, Cousins have broken free from Milwaukee's frigid winter with a dense full-length spanning over an hour. These twelve songs capture a dark era, recorded over an 8-month period in a cryogenic reverb tank. Cousins have patiently crafted a unique brand of post-punk intensity, borrowing elements from hardcore, shoegaze, sludge and noise rock while never feeling like a trivial embodiment of any particular sonic aesthetic. Each song grapples with personal realizations in a tug-of-war between nostalgic dirges and youthful adrenaline. "Bathhouse" reads like a long lost diary with the emotional weight of a family heirloom recovered from years of obscurity in an attic or basement. All that's left is to turn the key.
Recorded by Krum A.D. (Ice Age Records). Mastered by Will Killingsworth (Failures, Orchid, Ampere) at Dead Air Studios.

C62 cassette · 12 songs · June 2013 · Milwaukee, WI

Edition of 250 pro-duplicated cassettes with full-color labels and doublesided printing on heavyweight gloss stock, includes digital download card and foldout lyric sheet.

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