Hello friends! It is warming up here in Chicago and it is time to break into some summer brews so let’s drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offerings: Lowen‘s Unceasing Lamentations EP and Pipeworks Brewing Company‘s Pineapple Guppy.
The Tunes: Lowen – Unceasing Lamentations EP
Lowen is a progressive doom band based in London that themes some of their music around the history of the ancient middle east. The band is comprised of only two members—Nina Saeidi and Shem Lucas. In Unceasing Lamentations, Saeidi sings in Sumerian, Akkadian, Farsi and English and plays a shruti box and an Iranian daf hand-drum while Lucas plays acoustic guitar. This three track EP is mystical and beautiful. As explained by Lowen, “The first two tracks were improvised and the third is a cover of an Iranian lullaby with the vocal arrangement being taken from the version by legendary Iranian singer GooGoosh.” I am in awe of the improvised tracks. Saeidi’s vocals are enchanting, and the instrumentation adds the right touch. It is obvious that both Saeidi and Lucas are skilled musicians that have the right ear and passion for music. Unceasing Lamentations was recorded from a live performance by Lowen. The energy and stunning reverberating sounds give this fact away. While it is expertly produced and polished, the feel is that of a live performance as the music surrounds and captivates. These tracks are not something to have on in the background, but something to truly be listened to and experienced. While this EP has no traces of doom and I would not classify it as “metal,” it is an amazing release and showcases the talents and passion of these two musicians. This is my first experience with Lowen and I am so happy to have the chance to review this unique band. I am excited to dive further into their discography and discover the progressive doom metal side of Lowen and to keep spinning Unceasing Lamentations.
The Booze: Pipeworks Brewing Company – Pineapple Guppy
Pipeworks Brewing Company is a Chicago establishment. I am always excited to review local brews and booze. Pineapple Guppy is a pale ale with, you guessed it, pineapple. You can smell the pineapple immediately after cracking open the can. The pale ale hoppy taste is prominent in the beginning of each sip, then finishes with tart pineapple. There is a tropical and sour aftertaste. This beer feels as though it falls between a pale ale and a sour beer. It is perfect for summer and the increasingly warm weather and sunshine that we have been experiencing. Pipeworks Brewing Company collaborates with some wonderful artists as their cans and bottles always feature fun, whimsical, and colorful artwork. Pineapple Guppy is no exception. The color palette immediately made me think of pineapple and summer and the bubble-blowing guppy pulled me in. This is a perfect brew to take to the beach or enjoy on a patio in the sunshine.
Cheers and blessed be,