No news is good news. Wait, scratch that. No news is actually bad news, and bad news is actually good news. Good news is over there, being its relentlessly positive self, while slow news has yet to make its appearance.
If amazingly detailed abstract compositions of guitar, amplified piano, and miscellaneous electronics tickle your brain fancy, then the release of In the Valley of the Cloud Builder by Bad News from Houston is undoubtedly good news for you — go ahead and ignore the recent drop in American unemployment. John Dieterich (Deerhoof) and Thollem McDonas (Tsigoti) apparently have a history as collaborators, but only recently have they jointly decided on the Bad News moniker, presumably as a reference to the Townes Van Zandt song? Makes sense to me.
As I mentioned, the album is one hell of a sonically-detailed release, to the point where I’m wondering why I can’t hear the gaseous expulsions of the members themselves. Emotional tones vary from track to track, but instrumental consistency prevents an overwhelming sense of disparate directions. The album’s out now via Post-Consumer.
In the Valley of the Cloud Builder tracklisting:
01. Red Dirt Meet
02. Make It Fall
03. They War
05. Middle Man Problems
06. Confuse the Ghosts
07. Invisible River
08. Stone Juice
09. Inverted Mountain
• Bad News from Houston: http://post-consumer.com/artists/bad-news-from-houston
• Post-Consumer: http://post-consumer.com