Hagioscope to the Heart is the second full-length album from Detroit's Paint Thinner. It is an expansion upon the band's noisy blend of psychedelic Sturm und Drang showcased on their debut – The Sea of Pulp – released in February of this year.
But whereas the noise simmered below the gloom and murk on The Sea of Pulp, it’s present now in a more declaratory sense before either yielding to or consuming the melody entirely. The self-effacing desperation that permeated The Sea of Pulp while still present, is tempered by a sense of power. This isn’t anger, and this isn’t escapism. This is catharsis.
Recorded and Mixed in the spring by Adam Cox at his own Hamtramck Sound Studios, Hagioscope to the Heart saw the band broadening its sound with additional instrumentation and due in no small part to the arrival of new drummer Jeff Else, who had handled production on their demo a few years prior.
Hagioscope is perhaps best understood as the sound of a band becoming, however unwillingly, comfortable with themselves.
released October 18, 2019
Jeff Arcel - Bass, Tape Loops
Paul Derochie - Guitar, Vocals, Piano
Jeff Else - Drums, Vibraphone, Backing Vocals
Colin Simon - Guitar, Vocals, Organ and most other keys
Engineered & Mixed by Adam Cox at Hamtramck Sound Studios, Hamtramck, MI
Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering, Chicago, IL