Album review

Shipping News - Three-Four

Yet another band to emerge from the fertile Louisville, Kentucky scene, Shipping News take their name from Annie Proulx's masterful book. It's hard to believe that the origins of Shipping News lie in hardcore. Since their earliest incarnation, they've undergone a radical makeover. Three-Four is full of hypnotic lo-fi atmospherics, dark and sludgy electronica and post-folk strumming—three distinct musical moods reflecting the fact that the album was originally three EPs, recorded individually by the three band members. Oddly absorbing and surprisingly cohesive.

Rating: 3 / 10


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