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: Cokegoat & Barren Heir’s Sunshine/Tracing Light and Tenaya Creek Brewery’s 702 Pale.
The Metal: Cokegoat & Barren Heir’s Sunshine/Tracing Light
Today on deck we have a split release from two great acts from the city of my birth, Chicago, IL. Cokegoat and Barren Heir both play a base formula of heavy sludge metal, yet both run off in wildly different directions with it. Cokegoat’s contribution, the four songs comprising the Sunshine half of the split, take thick, immediate riffs and cut in ambient keyboards, progressive rhythm shifts, and dissonant guitars to create something much less jovial than its name would imply, but just as good, if not better than you would expect. The balance between the drone and the skronky, feedback-drenched heavy sections is expertly struck, luring the listener into a false sense of calm before pulling the rug all the way out from underneath you in the best way possible. Barren Heir’s half, two tracks simply named “Tracing Light” and “Tracing Light II,” is an ethereal and much doomier take on the style, and it highlights just how well this band excels at playing with tension. With instrumentation that builds and breaks, that stretches and releases, all capped off with Eddie Limperis’ pained vocals, Barren Heir create an atmosphere that crackles with something electric and alive, building a vibrating urgency in the listener with each minute that goes by. Put these forces of nature together, and you’ve got a split that crushes on every level of something can crush.
The Booze: Tenaya Creek Brewery’s 702 Pale
Our drink tonight might come from Las Vegas, but you’d be forgiven if you thought at first sip it was a Pacific Northwest product. Tenaya Creek Brewery’s 702 Pale sits right between a pale ale and an IPA, with the bitter-forward profile taking charge. The citrus and pine notes play up the west coast/PNW factor previously mentioned, but there is a smooth, stone fruit-esque sweetness that rounds the brew out and keeps it from going full IPA. I’ll not lie, I bought this because I liked the cute art of the bighorn sheep on the can, but this was a solid purchase, and I’d definitely do it again given the chance.
It has been a long week for me, as I’m sure it has for many, but hang in there, keep the fire burning, and we’ll meet again next week. Until then,
Cheers, and be good to each other,