2005 Hydra Head Records
01. String Theory
02. Fell Into the Well
03. A Sunset Knife Fight
04. Desinymanifesto MP3
05. Asymmetric Tricks
06. Bring on the Ether
07. The Big sleep
08. Trace Back the Particle Track
10. My Teacher's Bed
11. The Smoke Will Lead You Home
13. An Alliance of Worlds
Hydra Head has a rich history of presenting bands that tend to fall somewhere outside the mold at the time they're released, from classics by Botch to more recent releases like Khanate. While their roster is at many times extremely varied, the one thing that remains consistent is the quality of all these releases. Another group to add to the list is the Swedish collective Logh, which falls closer to the lighter side of Hydrahead (27, etc.) instead of the heavier side (Keelhaul, etc.). Though the band has been around for a while, they continue to hone their sound with their newest release A Sunset Panorama.
Logh, for those unfamiliar with the band, plays a pleasing blend of indie rock that demonstrates many influences. There is certainly no screaming on this album and nothing that could really be considered heavy in the traditional sense of the word. There is, however, good songwriting that for many of you will bring a needed change of pace. Clean guitars strummed with absolute concentration, a warm supporting bass, steady drumming (when there's drumming at all), and a soft, crooning voice that is definitely more pleasing than many indie rock vocals. Yet it is difficult to describe Logh's sound solely by its individual components. Logh's music seems to take an amalgamation of indie rock styles and influences and presents something maybe not entirely original, but a fresh take nonetheless. Some of the tracks on A Sunset Panorama evoke a straightforward rock feel like later era Sonic Youth, or even the Velvet Underground. Other tracks fall back on a very quiet, minimalist approach to songwriting, similar to Low. While the styles and song emphases change, there is an underlying characteristic to the whole sound of Logh that is uncannily close to Unwound.
Bottom Line: Some listeners will find that Logh doesn't present anything new beyond the bands mentioned above, and that the similar records already in their collection will do just fine. However, others will find that Logh offers something that can't quite be found in other releases. What this is exactly is hard to say. There's just a certain air to Logh's music. This is certainly not for everyone, and you probably know immediately if you'll like this. Whatever the case, A Sunset Panorama is a beautiful piece of music that most listeners should enjoy spending time with.