When Blake Green tendered his resignation at BW, it was in order to spend more time with the gloomy music of his band, PussyGutt, and to tour behind the band's new vinyl-only releases: the moody Gathering Strengths (on Olde English Spelling Bee) and the self-released Dusk-Dawn (put out by side project Alter), of which neither Green nor co-Gutt Brittany McConnell, jokingly, will take ownership.
As is the Gutt way, both albums contain only two songs each. Gathering Strengths' "Silence Within" and "Spirit Walker" are luxurious, tension-filled instrumentals with wave after wave of slow repetitiveness. It's better not to fight it and just let it pull you under.
Green suggested that Alter's Dusk-Dawn might best be described as "romantic doom," and the vocals and keys support that, lending both "Dusk" and "Dawn" an almost Victorian aspect. Layers build like petticoats as vocals, keys, strings and low drum beats serve as the perfect suspense film soundtrack.
Friday, Nov. 6, 6 p.m., FREE, Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St.; 8 p.m. with Beautician and Cat Crap, $3, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St.