Text: Natasha Stagg
Since the tragic passing of band member Sean Stewart in 2010, HTRK (pronounced “Hate Rock,” and formerly “Hate Rock Trio”) has produced dark, under-the-radar tracks with so little progression, they can feel defiantly depressive. Actually, those are the types of songs HTRK has always put out, three or two members, with guests or alone. We like to think it’s what Stewart would have wanted—for the band to keep up the tradition of creating post-industrial goth-inspired slow-drum-machined cinematic indulgences. This new version of “Fascinator” and it’s gorgeously simplistic accompanying video is just that. Directly referencing the 1992 Japanese film Topaz (or Tokyo Decadence), it pulls us, unapologetically, under more and more and more night-lit cherry blossoms. The whole EP (a split with Tropic of Cancer, with songs recorded live for L.A.’s Part Time Punks radio show), out today on Ghostly International, is deliciously nihilistic, yet emotional enough to stand in for Badalamenti’s contributions to early David Lynch projects. It’s what we would have wanted, anyway.