Snake Hymns

by Bus Gas

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    Bus Gas’ third full length album “Snake Hymns” is a continuation of their goal of seamlessly melding writhing improvisations with fully composed passages. The resulting songs, spliced together from a mess of magnetic tape, guitar strings and analog synth rumbles, are their darkest and most ethereal to date. Gone are some of their more grounded, earthy moments, replaced by something all together more ghostly and weightless.

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released October 7, 2014

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"...nobody gets close to the epic dreamscapes of the Bus Gas crew. Their gradually-widening, nuanced textural workouts have often
felt like improvised songforms, a droned-out distillation of postrock guitar timbres, but deliberately improvising toward those kind of weighty triumphant meridians one finds at the climax of Godspeed or Explosions tunes."
— Words on Sounds

"What’s left, though, as you sink into the song, is you: the faces of your family, a sticking image of monks chanting in terror, the feeling there was something you were supposed to do ten years ago you’ve forgotten every single day since. Bus Gas just brought you there, with stunningly delayed guitar and bass work from Jon Augustine, Daniel Nickel and Eric Nyffeler. It drones, but perhaps more importantly, their songs disguise and transport."
— Hear Nebraska

"The flicker of intricate and amorphous instrumental music (post-rock, perhaps) has been given new life in the works of Nebraska trio Bus Gas. Their songs envelop the listener, allowing droning guitar notes, submerged synths and reverb-soaked rhythms to settle in over you like a death shroud, as casual and careless as a stray bit of morning fog."
— Nooga

"Enter Snake Hymns, the latest outing by Bus Gas, the Omaha-based post-rock act whose doomed, dreadful terrain is making more of this empty space in our collective soul than any one else before. But this isn’t an obsessive follower, the sonics here are wholly sincere and genuinely looming, more than a project haunted by forbears."
— Decoder

"Snake Hymns is a far out trip on magnetic tape accompanied by delayed guitars and booming aquatic synth work. It’s a testament to the trio’s skill that a recording such as this can be as haunting as it it alluring. Like fireflies in the evening, the gloom presented here is punctuated by just enough light that you’ll willingly follow it into the bush."
— OMGVinyl

"...there are beautiful similarities to Jonny Greenwood film-scoring and odd feelings of tragedy when comforting riffs are slowly steamrolled by noise."
— Hear Nebraska

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