The name Hausu primarily brings to mind the Japanese horror cult classic that marries kawaii whimsy with 70s B-movie visuals. The flick’s influence is deep — Flying Lotus rocked a t-shirt adorned with its iconic demon cat image while DJing for Earl Sweatshirt during SXSW and Toro Y Moi’s video for “How I Know” is inspired by the film. But here, Hausu is a Portland post-hardcore quartet set to release its debut full-length Total this summer. The band fits in with the burst and bloom that we’ve been coming into in the years since chillwave has subsided. “Leaning Mess” is filled with the kind of twinkling riffs that materialize into more lush and emotional harmonic guitars, satiating those who grew up or fell in love with music on a healthy dose of both Dischord and Sebadoh cassettes. Check out the track below.
Total is out 6/25 via Hardly Art.