White Hills "Stop Mute Defeat"
White Hills have never been a band to rest on their laurels. Every album tends to reinvent their sound, but never have then gone as sound-redefining as on their latest release, Stop Mute Defeat (Thrill Jockey). They decided to borrow William Burroughs “cut-up” technique, only apply it to music. So instead of dadaist text, we are left with a decidedly industrial sounding White Hills. Sounding at times like a post-rock Primal Scream, these are abstract, art-rock burners. But they retain White Hills’ sense of song somehow, leaving the listener bewildered, yet nodding along. Hey, the punks went to art school! Check out the scream-free version of Ministry’s sound with “Importance 101.”