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: Sleepwalker’s Ichi-go, Ichi-e and Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whiskey.
The Metal: Sleepwalker’s Ichi-go, Ichi-e
Sleepwalker are something of an oddity, but one that made waves in the metal community based on the strengths of their 5772 demo. Splitting members between New York, Russia, and Japan and writing music that is equal parts psych rock and black metal, 5772 bridged the gap between many dispirate elements, and showcased a promising band that had a lot of great ideas, even if sometimes parts felt disconnected from the whole. Fortunately, we as listeners did not have to wait long for a follow up; the band is already back with Ichi-go, Ichi-e (translated as For This Time Only, Never Again), a second mini-album that expands on everything that made 5772 successful. Here, Sleepwalker lean much more heavily into the weird psychedelic elements of their sound, and honing into this aspect allows them to paint a more cohesive picture while still hitting all the highlights of their sound. Tracks slither with eerie ambiance, cut with tribal drums, noisy bursts of feedback, and the flashes of truly brilliant melody that makes Sleepwalker’s albums such a delight for me. Ichi-go, Ichi-e is a natural and extremely successful progression, and sees Sleepwalker capitalize on all the potential their demo had. If you aren’t already watching this band, get on it; they’re doing something truly unique.
The Booze: Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whiskey
Since our fearless leader gave you his best impression of me last week, I thought this week it might be fun to give homage to Josh myself, and there is no better way to do so than by pairing this week’s album with a good bourbon. I tend towards scotch when I go for whiskey, but when the mood strikes me, nothing hits the spot like bourbon. While anything above Jack Daniel’s in price is usually out of my range (forever crying at the bottles of Bulleit that mock me from the shelves of the liquor store) I happened upon a sale on Maker’s Mark and decided to stock up while the opportunity was upon me. Kentucky is the land of the best bourbon, and Maker’s Mark does its lineage proud. Both the taste and feel are smooth and rich, with deep, earthy notes that linger pleasantly on the tongue. There is a nice burn on the finish reminiscent of cinnamon or ginger, not at all overpowering but just enough to put a tingle on the mouth. This would be perfect for some Autumn sipping, but is equally as nice on a cool spring night with the windows open. It may not be Blanton’s but I am told by Josh himself that this is one of his brands in constant rotation, and it’s easy to see why.
That wraps up this week. It’s good to be back, but this definitely won’t be the last you see of our fearless editor gracing these hallowed halls. Check back every Friday to see for yourself.
Cheers, and be good to each other,