Shoegaze and metal have made uniquely effective bedfellows over the years, but never quite in the way put forth by Glaswegian project A Sea Of Dead Trees. The one-man act, formed by Robert Heath in 2017, boasts an eccentric strain of brooding shoegaze informed by the sinister maelstroms of black metal without fully crossing the border into blackgaze.
The resulting sound is an intensely evocative one, the soundscapes proving both vast and dark. In the past the project has utilised looper pedal, two guitars and sampled drums, but this time around the addition of live drums and celestial synths has helped form the most complete realisation of the project’s ambitious aims. Boaby Coull is the project’s third release, and undoubtedly Heath’s best thus far. Check it out in full below, then pick up the download or limited edition CD from the ever reliable Trepanation Recordings.
Boaby Coull is out 29th May on Trepanation Recordings. Order here.
Words: George Parr