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: Hidden Mothers’ S/T and Brävery Brewing Company’s Cranberry Tangerine DIPA.
The Tunes: Hidden Mothers’ S/T
Right off the bat, I will say I’m probably on my fifth listen, today, of Hidden Mothers’ debut self-titled EP. The five-piece band from Sheffield, UK have managed to tap into a deep well of emotion on the three songs presented here, arranging increasingly more common musical motifs in a singular way to create a sound for themselves that is at once instantly recognizable and that stands apart from their peers. Hidden Mothers seems to lean more on the ‘post’ in post-black metal , showing influences from classic screamo/post-hardcore, post-rock veneer, and even to these ears some strains of post-metal and sludge. Tracks like the standout opener “Beneath, To the Earth” are content to hold themselves at a more restrained pace, letting layers of reverb-soaked guitar melodies build and carry the listener away, until the moment the blast beats do kick in and the musical and emotional crescendo reaches its peak and everything explodes in a supernova of cathartic release. The three songs here are eclectic, yet come together perfectly as a whole package, and are one hell of an opening statement from a band I wouldn’t be surprised to see become a household name among people (like me) that crave this kind of sound.
The Booze: Brävery Brewing Company’s Cranberry Tangerine DIPA
I had a lot of good luck with Brävery’s Blackberry DIPA in the Spring, so grabbing another fruited double IPA from this brewery was a no-brainer. This time, we’ve got something more suited for Fall flavor profiles, with cranberry and tangerine replacing the fresh Spring berries in the mix. Thick and full of pine resin goodness, this is still a decidedly hop-forward beer, but the addition of the tart fruit notes pulls it back from the kind of overly syrupy and bitter qualities double IPA’s can often lapse into. Cranberries are inextricably linked with Autumn for me and so perhaps this is a Pavlovian response on my part, but there’s something warm and almost cozy about this beer, which is something I don’t find in a lot of IPA’s at all, yet it’s still fresh and bright at the same time. This is another home run for Brävery, and a perfect beer for that liminal space when Summer is ending and Fall hasn’t quite started yet.
Cheers, and be good to each other,