PC Worship's new LP Buried Wish is an off-kilter journey through hook-laden alternative rock, experimental tape manipulation, downer punk riffs and long form improv-based psychedelic instrumentals. As the album weaves through the damaged re appropriation of objectionable sounds, it seeks to explore a contrast between the traditional rock band format + instrumentation with outsider experimentalism by exploring new ideas related to composition and unconventional (often homemade) instrumentation. Buried Wish further embodies PC Worship's dedication to categorical ambiguity as it opens with a prelude written for a horn quartet + tape loops and ends with a pseudo-americana, sludge folk song, while throughout the album, continues the familiar PC aesthetic of unfiltered, subconscious inspiration, fueled by dystopian lyrics, eternal guitar solos and vamped out sonic exploration.
Buried Wish was written and recorded by Justin Frye in the basement of a condemned building throughout 2016 in Bushwick, which flooded half way through the process. It was sourced from drawn out solo tracking, upright bass experiments, large ensemble improv sessions and random input from various collaborators over the past year, with contributions from Michael Etten, Jessica Papitto, Shannon Sigley, Mario Maggio, Jordan Bernstein, Pat Spadine, Greg Fox, Marilu Donovan, Kassie Carlson and Adam "Junkyard" Markiewicz, among others.
This EP might just be the apotheosis of Protomartyr. They really seem to have nailed their sound here: it's pretty as a rainbow in a petrol spill, brutal as an eight-pint bar fight, sad as giving in to another night's insomnia. Cassidy Phillips