August 29. 2013 | By Wayne Jessup

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Chasms is the San Francisco duo of Jess Labrador with Shannon Madden on bass, self tagged as: “devotional goth psychedelic shoegaze,” and that just about covers it. Live, they spin long ear crunching hypnotic numbers that in lesser hands would send one fleeing to the bar. But the opposite is true, and you’re spellbound. Noise-wise, it’s dialed back (a bit) in recorded form, but with more room for nuance. Riser is their brand new EP, and the title track below is the perfect entrée into their world. Get lost in the rivers of guitar, then brought back to earth by the looping bass. It’s the perfect recipe for the noise hound in your life.

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