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White Hills
Walks for Motorists

White Hills — Walks for Motorists (April 6, 2015)

                        White Hills — Walks for Motorists White Hills — Walks for Motorists (April 6, 2015)≡   Molded in the space rock spirit of Hawkwind, this Brooklyn–based trio eventually embraced even weirder psychedelic influences.
≡   WHITE HILLS is an ever changing entity always pushing the envelope. Their music weaves in and out of anthemic chants, deep space bleeps and other worldly madness for a mix that proves to be intoxicating. Since the release of their debut album, the press and listeners have been praising their originality and unique brand of aural art.
Origin: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Album release: April 6, 2015
Record Label: Thrill Jockey, Thrill 391
Duration:     43:07
Tracks:
1 No Will   (Ego Sensation / Dave W.)     3:40 
2 £SD or USB   (White Hills)     3:50 
3 Wanderlust   (Ego Sensation / Dave W.)     2:47
4 Lead the Way   (Ego Sensation / Dave W.)     8:53  
5 I, Nomad   (White Hills)     4:22  
6 We Are What You Are   (Ego Sensation / Dave W.)     3:53  
7 Automated City   (Dave W.)     4:42  
8 Life is Upon You   (Ego Sensation / Dave W.)     4:15  
9 Walks For Motorists   (White Hills)     6:45
Members:
≡   Dave W. (guitar, vocals)
≡   Ego Sensation (bass guitar, vocals)
Credits:
≡   Antronhy    Drums
≡   Chris Carlone    Back Cover Photo, Cover Photo
≡   Ego Sensation    Composer, Group Member, Photography
≡   Heba Kadry    Mastering
≡   Sheila Sachs    Layout
≡   Dave W.    Composer, Group Member
≡   White Hills    Composer
≡   David Wrench    Engineer, Mixing, Producer
Notes:
≡   LP version pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in a high gloss jacket with spot varnish, artworked inner sleeve and free download coupon. For a limited time all mailorder customers ordering the vinyl edition will get an exclusive color of vinyl (clear vinyl with black streaks) AND Drives For Pedestrians, a bonus 12"EP featuring 30 minutes of exclusive unreleased material packaged in it’s own jacket with bootleg style cover sticker.
≡   Update as of 4–13–2015 : Vinyl for Walks for Motorists is in stock and shipping immediately.
Review by Fred Thomas;  Score: ***
≡   When New York–based psychedelic camp White Hills emerged in the mid–2000s, they latched onto the same wandering, spaced–out spirit of dark, cosmically drifting guitar–heavy rock famously explored by pioneers like Hawkwind and Amon Düül II. ≡   Their trajectory seemed in line with other space–brained rockers of their time, including prolific output in the form of multiple limited–edition releases that would often include lengthy jams that grew more fried and alien–sounding as the band continued. Walks for Motorists represents something of a sea change for White Hills, as the album sees them turning away somewhat from the guitar–centric freakouts of their previous work to songs built more on concentrated, stripped–down grooves. Not to say that this newfound clarity means the band is any more sterile or less psychedelic. Album opener "No Will," based around a churning rhythm and a repetitive fuzz bassline, is a dirty, terrifying start to things, with the occasional chiming of haunted backing vocals being the only thing steering the song away from becoming an industrial track somewhere between Suicide and Alien Sex Fiend. This sleazy sound shows up throughout the album, as with the gnarled groove of "Wanderlust" and the explosive "We Are What You Are." Other moments tend closer to previous work from the band, as with the lengthy Spacemen 3–modeled guitar psych burner "Lead the Way" and the icy Krautrock electronics of "I, Nomad." Bassist Ego Sensation offers more vocal contributions to this album than any other since co–founding the group, always augmenting her bandmate Dave W.'s aggressive and narcotic performances with a detached and ghostly presence. Walks for Motorists is a reinvention of sorts for the band, but it's a confused and unclear one. While not without some standout moments, the album lacks some of the atmosphere inherent to the band's more free–floating space rock jams. While the snap into tightly focused and sometimes more fiery songwriting is remarkable, the songs aren't as across–the–board strong as they'd need to be to make the entire album as remarkable as the shift it represents.
Albums:
≡   They’ve Got Blood Like We’ve Got Blood (Fuck Off And Di / Head Heritage, 2005)
≡   Koko (White Hills, 2006)
≡   Glitter Glamour Atrocity (White Hills, 2007)
≡   Abstractions and Mutations (White Hills, 2007 / Thrill Jockey, 2009 / Immune, 2012)
≡   Heads on Fire (Rocket, 2007)
≡   A Little Bliss Forever (Drug Space, 2008)
≡   Oddity... A Look at How the Collective Mind Works (Drug Space, 2010)
≡   White Hills (Thrill Jockey, 2010)
≡   H–p1   (Thrill Jockey, 2011)
≡   Live at Roadburn 2011 (Roadburn, 2011)
≡   Oddity III: Basic Information (Drug Space, 2012)
≡   Frying on This Rock (Thrill Jockey, 2012)
≡   So You Are... So You’ll Be (Thrill Jockey, 2013)
EPs:
≡   No Game to Play (White Hills, 2006)
≡   No Kind Ending, Vol. 2 (White Hills, 2008)
≡   Dead (Thrill Jockey, 2009)
≡   Stolen Stars Left for No One (Thrill Jockey, 2010)
≡   Black Valleys (Aquarius, 2011)
Single:
≡   "Measured Energy" (7") (Trensmat, 2011)
Compilation:
≡   Oddity II: Night Scene on Mill Mountain (Drug Space, 2010)
TOUR 2015
≡   Apr 30   Leipzig, Germany
≡   May 01   Brussels, Belgium
≡   May 02   Rouen, France
≡   May 03   Eindhoven, Netherlands
≡   May 04   Hamburg, Germany
≡   May 07   Lisbon, Portugal
≡   May 09   Yverdon–des Bains, Switzerland
≡   May 12   Berlin, Germany
≡   May 13   Prague, Czech Republic
≡   May 14   Vienna, Austria
≡   May 16   Rome, Italy
≡   May 19   Schaffhausen, Switzerland
≡   May 20   Geneva, Switzerland
≡   May 21   Zug, Switzerland
≡   May 22   Feyzin, France
≡   May 23   Lille, France
≡   May 24   Gladbeck, Germany
≡   May 29   Barcelona, Spain
≡   Jun 18    Los Angeles, CA
≡   Jul 03    Keflavik, Iceland
ABOUT
≡   White Hills are proponents of psychedelia as transformation. The music made by Dave W. and Ego Sensation is risky and cutting edge, rooted in dystopian futurism and hyper–conscious of society’s constant desire for a new and better drug. That progressive aesthetic is at the heart of White Hills’ newest album Walks For Motorists, a radically stripped–down record that emphasizes rhythm and groove. The album bursts forth with a new kind of intensity, one born out of laser–focused precision and detail–oriented songwriting. Possibly surprising to fans familiar with the Hawkwindian guitar squall of earlier albums, the songs on Walks For Motorists began as a keyboard melody or bass line, and several songs on the album don’t even feature guitar at all. ≡   This is propulsive, open music, surreal to its core but made to inspire people to get out of their seats and move.
≡   Walks For Motorists was recorded with David Wrench (Caribou, Bear in Heaven, FKA Twigs, Owen Pallet) at Bryn Derwen Recording Studio in Bethesda, Wales which borders the Snowdonia National Forest.The band had 24–hour access to the studio, which allowed them to work whenever inspiration struck. Wrench’s expertise producing and mixing electronic music was an essential asset when perfecting the crisp tones heard throughout the record. This is the first album the band has recorded outside of New York City, and the vast, rolling Welsh landscape that surrounded the studio influenced the album’s uncluttered sound. Walks For Motorists is also White Hills’ most diverse album to date. Fuzzed–out rockers sit comfortably next to kraut–infused grooves, and there are more vocal contributions from Ego than ever before.
≡   White Hills has been developing an entirely new live set focusing on new music, and will be playing many major festivals in 2015, including Roadburn, Primavera, and ATP Iceland. As anyone who has seen the band knows, they can command stages both gargantuan and intimate, and are one of the most legendary live acts in psychedelic rock today. The band’s relentless touring of the US and Europe has gained them a massive grassroots following worldwide, and even more touring is planned throughout 2015.
Tumblr (official): http://whitehillsmusic.tumblr.com/
Label: http://www.thrilljockey.com/
By Haydon Spenceley; Score: 7
:: http://drownedinsound.com/releases/18731/reviews/4148875 
By Sam Davis, Published Apr 09, 2015; Score: 8
:: http://exclaim.ca/Music/article/white_hills-walks_for_motorists 
By Eric R. Danton  |  April 7, 2015  |  1:05pm  |  Score: 7.9
:: http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2015/04/white-hills-walks-for-motorists-review.html
By: Martyn Coppack
:: http://echoesanddust.com/2015/03/white-hills-walks-for-motorists/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/WHITE-HILLS/90476409450
≡   Their umpteenth release is a collection of rugged riffs, serrated noise and terrifying, otherworldly vocals.

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