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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Bestial Mouths and Beru: experimental goth from L.A.


Bestial Mouths' clanging mix of anxious post-punk, industrial new wave, and sparse no wave resembles a clarion call for a new world order than disjointed pop music. The Los Angeles-based project, which features two Atlanta ex-pat's and former members of African Greys with Chris Daresta (Anticipation), just released its self-titled LP, an album that succinctly highlights the group's penchant for atonal beauty and haunted charisma. Opening tracks "Ceased" and "Reunion" deploy a jittering drum machine and percussive samples that drill in strobing waves rather than keep a mechanical, utilitarian beat. "Earth" bridges the howling, immediate vocals of Siouxsie Sioux or Lydia Lunch alongside sheets of serrated textures and pummeling percussion. Having already worked with the forerunners of outlier noise and experimental pop like Dais and now Clan Destine, Bestial Mouths is poised to become the most legit cold wave act around.

Beru, also known as former-ATLian Jessica Collins, permeates the air with ethereal loops and vocals and an enchanted haze. The L.A.-based singer's largely falsetto delivery stakes claim to hazy territory neighboring similarly blissful drift peddlers like Grouper and Julianna Barwick while harboring a darkly gothic tinge that's all its own. Songs take shape after extended meditations of sound, layering gauzy strains of vocals in a towering yet fragile wall of sound.

Bestial Mouths, Beru, and Tifaret play 529 Tues. July 9. Free. 9 p.m. 529 Flat Shoals Ave.

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