Famed Producer Rick Harte Returns With Heat from a Dead Star CD
The Heat from a Dead Star (HFADS) sound has been likened to a broad range of precursors: from the psychedelic noise-rock of Butthole Surfers, to the wall of sound of My Bloody Valentine. Perhaps the most inescapable analogy is their Ace of Hearts label-mates Mission of Burma. Like Burma, HFADS weaves a dense, demanding and chaotic tapestry together with tuneful, compelling and at times almost poppy melodies.
This stirring collaboration between the acclaimed post-punk producer and the London-based trio is exactly the sonic assault Harte fans anticipate, as flashes of inspired song craft punctuate "Seven Rays of the Sun." The haunting and lilting piano of Burma's Roger Miller slowly emerges from behind the closing curtain of sound in "Seahorse Seafish." The electronic drum sounds on "Elusive Ways" are deliberately low-tech, while the jangly, sour-sweet guitar rhythms of "Messy Kid" will remain on your mind.
"Seven Rays of the Sun" showcases HFADS' deft ability to navigate and, ultimately, obliterate the confines of genre, forging a sound that is truly their own. It's also an achievement that cements Rick Harte's well-earned reputation as an unparalleled indie tastemaker.
Look for Heat From a Dead Star touring this spring in Europe and the UK. "Seven Rays of the Sun" can be purchased by visiting Heat From a Dead Star's Web site at heatfromadeadstar.com, or from Ace of Hearts records at aceofheartsrecords.com.
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