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: Backxwash’s God Has Nothing to Do With This Leave Him Out of It and Eagle Rock Brewery’s Manifesto.
The Tunes: Backxwash’s God Has Nothing to Do With This Leave Him Out of It
We have found ourselves at another week in this column where I don’t have a current release I felt like covering, which means I get another chance to do what I’ve been trying to do more of this year and give some space to styles of ‘heavy’ music that aren’t metal. We’ve covered harsh noise, ambient dream pop, and post-rock in the Evcharist this year alone, but today I am going to talk about the first hip-hop album I’ve covered on this column. Backxwash is a Montreal-based rapper and producer who has built a name for herself for her brand of dark, confessional hip-hop laced with occult atmosphere. God Has Nothing to Do With This starts with a base layer of industrial-esque noisy beats and electric guitar which forms the perfect foil for Backxwash’s haunting lyrics, dealing with “my version of forgiveness and things that I need to face in order to reach my version of that” per the artist’s Bandcamp page, and delivery that ranges from contrite to absolutely feral. God Has Nothing to Do With This is a staggering listen, a raw and honest depiction of daily existence on the fringes set to an equally staggering musical backdrop. From the Black Sabbath sample that kicks the album off to the smooth outro of “Redemption,” this is not an album you will forget easily.
The Booze: Eagle Rock Brewery’s Manifesto
Similar to last week, we’re keeping the beer selection very local to me with Eagle Rock Brewery’s Manifesto. Manifesto is a Belgian-style witbier, sticking to a very traditional flavor profile that is light on hops and heavy on malts and yeast. Spices like clove and coriander mingle with fruity notes to create that classic banana bread-like flavor that is so characteristic of the style. This tastes so similar to the witbiers I’ve had that are imported from Europe that it’s kind of blowing my mind to think about it coming from just 10 minutes down the road from me in Southern California. A solid beer from a solid brewery.
Cheers, and be good to each other,