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WICKED GAME BY CHRIS ISAAK. ARRANGED, PRODUCED, RECORDED, AND PERFORMED BY KRISTIN M HAYTER IN CALIFORNIA IN AUGUST 2020. GUEST VOCALS BY ALEXIS MARSHALL. SAMPLE OF "THRENODY FOR THE VICTIMS OF HIROSHIMA" BY KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI.
Thou and Emma Ruth Rundle are not playing opposites, nor even allies on this record. They are constantly swapping roles and spotlights. At times, Rundle leads while Thou backs. At others, Thou is center stage. It's a magnificent, ego-less union. felixwav
This album gurns and churns with the dense, atmospheric power of an angel wrestling the forces of hell.
Wolfe's voice is an ethereal swirl, but it can cut like a blade. Her guitar, meanwhile, is a reaper's scythe, and with it, she flails like a Balrog summoned deep and raging from the bowels of Middle Earth.
It's an album of dreams and nightmares, a sludge-gaze torrent of painful questions hurled into the void.
A brave, bold and empowering listen. Michael Mueller