Gloom is the guise for multi-instrumentalist and Eugene, OR native Britt Thomas Brady. Gloom has been referred to as psy-trance and, more quixotically, psy-prance. Gloom’s 2013 LP Subliminal Fortress accrued a cult following with its loose, dreamy melodies and organic coalescence of synths, percussion, and nuanced field recordings.
High Tide, Gloom’s latest EP and first release under Tipping Hand Recordings, finds Brady’s sound in a rapid state of evolution. Gone is the sprawling, fanciful daydreaming, replaced by a sound more focused, sepulchral, and saturnine, demonstrating a musician determined to cut deeper into the emotional undercurrents and heady moods that chart a surreptitious course. Gloom’s signature compounds of smooth percussion, clapping beats and eerie field effects are still here, in full force, but they seem to serve a far graver, more powerful master this time.