Underwater Escape From the Black Hole / The Petrified Heart Of An Air Whale
split [CS; Adhesive Sounds]

Underwater Escape from the Black Hole is quickly becoming a Cerberus fixture thanks to short sprints with equally long titled partners that can abbreviate into hip acronyms. This is because they speak to Millennials who only communicate via text. But you wouldn’t know it from the busy tone of their two entries on this split. Or maybe you would, considering letters without periods represent the sort of brevity needed to relay complex ideas of the new generation. A melodic yet hectic pace of speech and music colliding into each other like conversations with earbuds stuck firmly in canals; the noise combining with the drone to create a loud/quiet operation where words are empty but thoughts create deeply ingrained emotions. Though judging by The Petrified Heart of an Air Whale, this may be a one-sided conversation. It’s a jittery, nervous energy that crackles on the flip. Where Underwater Escape seem to speak to a generation open to modern forms of communication, Petrified Heart is far more sinister and reclusive, like a Gen X teen happy to tap out industrial morse from the sanctity of their curtain drawn bedroom. Either way, it’s a fine lashing the Baby Boomers are taking with their tired collection of Eagles and Journey records; squares that traded in love-ins for Board of Directors jobs that bilk us all out of hard earned money. So it’s no wonder the world has switched to a broken form of communication, in hopes of finding a new language to bypass the architects of today’s culture to build a better tomorrow.


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