You know that feeling when you kind of know someone and you aren’t sure what to expect from them, but when they show you something of themselves you are completely blown away? That’s my relationship with New Terrors, a solo project by Bloomington musician Burke Sullivan.
The debut EP Mother from New Terrors was officially released April 10th on local label Flannelgraph Records, and I couldn’t be more excited. As mentioned before, I’ve known the many sides of Sullivan’s musical past, but always at a distance. With his move to Bloomington last year, I’ve been slowly getting to know this talented multi-instrumentalist. I’ve known Sullivan’s work behind drums and guitars, but had no idea what to expect from this more electronically based project. What greeted me was an album full of creative energy.
Drenched in electronic sounds and effects, Mother feels heavy and hypnotizing from the start. The fuzzy tones, layered samples, and reverb give the music a depth and intensity like a think fog rolling through the brain. Sullivan’s thin vocals pierce through the fuzz with ease like a light at the end of a tunnel. The music is like a blend of late 80’s/early 90s new wave and synth rock, and fills the need for both heavy hitting ballads and more upbeat dance music.
Mother is an EP that is full of unexpected, smoothly-blended turns, and an excellent introduction to New Terrors. The EP is available digitally on bandcamp, and physical copies are available on CD or cassette tape via Flannelgraph Records (mail order), Landlocked Music, and TD’s CDs and LPs.
Favorite Tracks: “Snakeskin”, “Feather Fingers”, “Night of Creeps”