Genre/Influences: Experimental, psychedelic, shoegaze.
Content: There clearly is an omnipresent experimental approach in the work of Hexenschuss. The raw electronic treatments are pretty vintage-like although other cuts are more into explicit psychedelic sound creation. There’s a mix between numerous influences and it’s really impossible to define the real sound of this band. In the end it all remains a kind of experiment between electronics and real drums.
+ + + : The electronic treatments are especially amazing on the opening cuts. You get the impression of a real sonic architect is as sitting the work. The real drums add a somewhat unexpected, but dynamic and especially technical dimension to the sound. The most typical aspect of this band for sure remains their original approach and a unique style, which is hard to label, but which might catch the attention of a wider audience.
– – – : The duo voluntary chose to keep all songs instrumental and that’s maybe a pity as a few vocal lines would sometimes add a real bonus getting the work more accomplished. The opening cuts are interesting and especially the raw sound treatments are cool, but it all stagnates and starts to repeat itself after a while.
Conclusion: The main strength from Hexenschuss definitely hides in their global sound approach although I expected a bit more from the result properly speaking. You can feel there’s much more potential in this band than what comes out on “Gobbledegook”.
Best songs: “Pig”, “Das Bus”.