Using doom — a slow, foreboding style of heavy metal — as a template, SWAMI LATEPLATE crafts a set of songs that creeps along powerfully. The themes are simple, generally carried by subdued bass lines and ornamented by the piano like salt on a glacier. What jumps out most is Previte’s drumming. Every cymbal vibration and snare snap leaps to the foreground and, with rare exception, decays before the next strike, as much a testament to Previte’s assured playing as Saft’s engineering. The sound throughout is bright and super present.
Each moment is its own event, each note frozen in amber. Regardless of the rock modeling, the disc is likely to satisfy Saft and Previte’s audiences; it could appeal to fans of the fringes of metal as well. Originally released in 2021, ‘Doom Jazz’ is being re-issued by Subsound Records in ultra LTD edition double galaxy LP, LTD edition double white LP, double black LP, CD digipack. It was entirely produced by Bobby Previte and Jamie Saft, recorded and mixed by Jamie Saft at Frank Booth, Brooklyn, NY and mastered by Scott Hull at Scott Hull Mastering, NY. The artwork was designed by Hadi Nasiri.
1 Malignant Cloud 09:40
2 The Round-Up 07:45
3 Frank and the Girl 09:42
4 The Forbidden Border 06:25
5 The Bearded Man Cannot Help You 07:13
6 Escape 07:19
7 Doom Jazz 06:06
8 The After-Land 06:06
GENRE: Jazz/Doom Jazz/Avantgarde