Brian Borcherdt of Holy Fuck
Sophomore Album Blackout Summer
Releases This Friday 4/6 On Polyvinyl Record Co.
“Dead Eyes” Stream
“All I Am” Stream | “Backwoods Ritual” Stream
“Holy Cow, Holy Fuck’s Side Project Dusted Rules” – VICE’s Noisey
“Undeniably taps into the same raw-nerved emotion that defined Borcherdt’s previous solo efforts, wrapping its cutting sentiments in a grotty guitar fuzz that sounds like it was scraped off the heads on Lou Barlow’s old four-track.” – Pitchfork
“ … pairs Borcherdt’s twin sensibilities, combining haunting melodies with a simple, folksy vibe, for spellbinding results.” – Consequence of Sound
“ …a boot-tapping, pastel throwback jam that’s probably about as sanguine as a Brian Borcherdt tune can get.” – Tiny Mix Tapes
Photo Credit: Anna Edwards-Borcherdt
In Brian Borcherdt’s own words, “the song is about being denied something so long that you turn around and deny someone the exact same thing. A ‘see how it feels’ kind of reversal of power. But also a cautionary tale of how to not make the same mistakes. It was written five or six years ago so not really about anything specific in our current culture. Just some omnipresent mood — smash the status quo.”
Blackout Summer is an amazingly consistent and emotionally focused statement. Each song creates its own world of texture and narrative, and all nine of these worlds interlock with the same strange, hazy emotion. The collection winds through floating ambience and dark, moody rockers, but every disparate moment somehow feels connected. Dusted’s fuzzy landscapes, dream-like production and buzzing melodies all congeal, burying Brian Borcherdt’s twisted take on pop under layers of that all-important haze.
This new album arrives on the heels of the acclaimed 2012 debut, Total Dust, for which Dusted captivated crowds supporting Great Lake Swimmers, Perfume Genius and A Place To Bury Strangers. Borcherdt has spent years making unhinged dance music and touring relentlessly as one of the founding members of the noisy electronic group Holy Fuck as well as a member of LIDS with Doug MacGregor of The Constantines and Alex Edkins of Metz. Behind the scenes, however, he was writing songs independently branching out in dramatically different directions and ultimately informing his solo project Dusted.