Austin based experimental collective Thousand Foot Whale Claw is back with the new cosmic full length Black Hole Party. Featuring members of S U R V I V E, Troller, Single Lash and Future Museums, this is the supergroup's second LP and their most accomplished work to date. Inspired by progressive 70's German kraut-rock, Thousand Foot Whale Claw maintains a classic style while establishing an original voice. With album art by renowned contemporary sci-fi/fantasy illustrator Kilian Ang, Black Hole Party's aesthetic is cohesively curated throughout its dense, multi-layered track list, ranging from serene sound baths to driving dance beats. The album was recorded and engineered at Stassney Studios in Austin, TX with producer/artist Dylan Cameron.
On Black Hole Party, the polished structure and acute development of all six tracks is distinct and tangible, making this record more composed than any of their previous releases. Propulsive songs such as "Deridium Rail" and the title track are driven by four-on-the-floor dance beats and arpeggiated synths while contrasting songs like "Genesis Effect" predominantly feature the natural tones of 12-string acoustic guitar and harmonium. The wide variety of sonic flavors is reflective of TFWC's vast musical tastes, refusing to settle on one approach and allowing the band's idiosyncrasies to shine regardless of genre. To classify TFWC as an instrumental psych band is only partially accurate, however there are a lack of proper terms to fully encapsulate the band's broad scope.