Arriving second week February
Hun Bed's 'Brood II' is the second album in a series about the history of bread. It sees the band growing more confident in their new found style of improvised free folk and krautrock that they explored on the first Brood album. It's a hermetic soundworld, homespun and esoteric and it feels like the listener is allowed to only see a glimpse of their practices. Bert Scholtens' vocals have become more mantra like, more in the moment, with great focus and intensity. On 'Brood' I his lyrics album dealt with the general history of bread until the invention of the baguette, 'Brood II' shows a move towards a more personal one, entering the industrial age, often citing Van Gogh's diary. Gijs Deddens' heavily treated guitars are leading the way musically, from gentle strumming to glitchy effects and metallic distortion. The guitar freak outs are guided and grounded by Oscar Borsten's minimal percussion, with deep almost timpani like tom drums. 'Brood II' was self recorded and mixed by Bert Scholten. It is a significant step up from 'Brood I' and it shows that Hun Bed are dedicated to honing their craft.