Glish – “Kvlt” (Stereogum Premiere)
Glish are definitely trying to get at something by naming the final track on their debut album after an idealized version of authenticity in black metal culture, which has now mostly become a joke to throw around. I’m not sure what it means, but nothing the New Orleans shoegaze band does is by accident. Every sweeping movement on the seven-minute-long “Kvlt” is carefully considered, toiled over to achieve maximum catharsis. The track alternates between walls of sound and muted withdrawals marked by warped guitars, sometimes impenetrable but always gorgeous and grand. “Kvlt” closes out an accomplished album that contains both the raucous “Stu Hunkington” and the slow-burning “Pretty Car” — if a closing track is supposed to synthesize everything that’s great about an album and a band down to its core, this manages to do that and more. It’s an undeniably massive track, and you can listen to it below.
Glish is out in November via Texas Is Funny.