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Chutzpah! Festival Celebrates Diversity With Multifaceted International Programming

Chutzpah! Festival Celebrates Diversity With Multifaceted International Programming

by Yasmine Shemesh In Hebrew, chutzpah means “brazen audacity.” As such, it’s fitting that the term would be the namesake…

Heavydive – Warn the Dark 

Friday 21st, December 2018 / 12:00
By Christine Leonard


Shake off the sadness and gloom. Delve below the surface, beyond image and shallow facade, into the warm, wet heart’s blood of the matter. That’s what post-punk trio Heavydive want you to do with their new release, Warn the Dark. Generating an atmosphere of rainy rendezvous and passion-fogged car windows, “Room 213” mounts an impressionistic painting within an ’80s synth and drone framework. Prone to free-falling through memory, vocalist/bassist Randall Squires, guitarist Juan Ortiz and drummer Santiago Ortiz conduct a hovering shoegaze séance to contact their former selves. Soon the mellow blush of “When the Sunsets” pinches the pallor from your cheeks and whispers a hot breathy secret in your ear. Their subtly persuasive soft sell continues with the windy ruminations of “Wax Dreams,” featuring delicate guitar threads that bow down to the cool nonchalance of Squires’ narratives. The interleafing instrumental interludes with nostalgia samples deliberately divides the joy; segmenting the EP’s tracks like the chapters of your John Hughes-pink diary. Snagged in a complex crash of emotion, the shimmering scales of “Sirens” drowns out existential angst with a cascade of lush modern textures. Scholars of goosebump-raising intimacy, the brooding beaus behind Warn the Dark are intensely curious about your inner wallflower. Let’s hope they ask you to prom and pin a Smiths poster over your bed.

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