Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Thou’s The House Primordial and Oskar Blues Brewing Company’s Fugli IPA.
The Metal: Thou’s The House Primordial
When you read this, the surprise new Thou EP (yes, the band is serious about calling it an EP despite being 38 minutes long) The House Primordial will have been out for five days; as of writing this, it has only been out for three but in that short time I’ve heard every hot take and heartbreak under the sun about this album and I gotta say: I don’t get the hate at all. For a band like Thou that has always striven to be transgressive, it makes no sense to dump on them for writing music that is, you know, actually transgressive. The House Primordial sees Thou take their already slow and sludgy approach and crank the tempo way down, with songs dragging themselves along by their fingers. Every track on here has a counter-track of ambient, droning noise to accompany it, steeping the album in eerie and sparse ambiance that is mesmerizing and unsettling all at once, especially coupled with a production that recalls your friend’s basement black metal demo. It can be easy to see why this is a hard album to come to grips with for some; this is not the Thou people have come to know and love. But does that mean it’s a bad album? Not by any stretch of the imagination. It’s a daring approach from a band never content to stay stagnant, and to my ears it is wholly successful. This is only one of several releases in the pipeline for one of my favorite bands in heavy music, and if things get weirder from here, then color me very excited.
The Booze: Oskar Blues Brewing Company’s Fugli IPA
Citrus and IPA go together like donuts and coffee in my house, which is to say it is a winning combination. I’m big on things with grapefruit and lemon in them, but for tonight’s brew we venture out into some flavors that I didn’t even know existed. Fugli is the odd sounding name for a delicious IPA from Denver, CO’s Oskar Blues Brewery which is brewed with yuzu and ugli fruits. For those not in the know, the yuzu is a Japanese citrus fruit that is incredibly strong in flavor, similar to a combination of lemon, lime and grapefruit. I actually had to look up what an ugli fruit was, and it turns out it’s Jamaican in origin and is a hybrid of the grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. We all learned something today! The result of mixing these two fruits in the IPA is something bright and sunny, not nearly as bitter as one might expect, and mouth-wateringly juicy. Ever shifting on the palate, Fugli dances its way from lemon, to lime, to sweet orange and hint of grapefruit on the finish. This is a great drink for the start of spring, but this will be one I come back to regularly once summer hits for sure.
That wraps this edition up. Check back next week for more of the good stuff, and as always,
Cheers, and be good to each other,