|MH-053 A Lull - Weapons For War
"Weapons For War" the lead single from A Lull's debut full-length Confetti, harnesses a force of nature driven with the percussive and melodic energy of Chicago and channels it into a four-and-a-half minute wind storm. The original is complimented by three virtuoso remixes. First up is Portland's Spirituals, whose recent remix for Caribou Pitchfork called "dizzying" and who's work here is no less impressive. Fellow Chicago resident Houses masters that difficult line between the human and the machine, wrapping up a frenetic remix with a three-plus minute long ambient outro. Finally, Mush's own Melting Season fits right in, as a drummer by trade turned one-man multi-armed production mastermind. If you've not already seen it (you should hunt it down right now), the music video for "Weapons For War" directed by Anthony Ciannamea, is the glue that unifies the single's thesis: a haunting encounter between two accidents of evolution that ends in either a fragile truce or the most romantic suicide pact ever, all to the sacrilegiously sensual hymn of A Lull's composition.
|A Lull creates a vast sound far more massive than the sum of its parts - XLR8R / Pounding, layered percussion and warm vocalizing - Pitchfork / Massive and booming - Chicago Verse United / A Lull sound like Chicago - Stereogum / Accessible and captivating - Adequacy / Post-rock-style ambience - Alarm Press / Seriously. Check it out - I Guess I'm Floating
|The closest thing I can come up with at short notice to bracket A Lull is Allá who by a strange quirk of fate also come from Chicago. Funny that but maybe this sort of experimental percussive/cut and paste vocal delivery is fast becoming a scene in her windiness. Regardless A Lull’s ‘Weapons For War’ is mightily impressive, even more so when you find out that it can also be played on ye olde vinyl single. And there’s more in the pipeline, in the shape of a long awaited debut album ‘Confetti’. Not exactly a song for Sunday evenings but then it is still 20c outside, a golden sun is setting and with next door away the stacks are getting a dramatic workout. - MP3 Hugger