XAM Duo – XAM Duo
XAM Duo is the self-titled debut from Hookworms' Matthew Benn and Deadwall’s Christopher Duffin. Comprising six tracks in total, it’s a collection of ambient improvisations where synths meet saxophones – scuzzy, jazz-tinged, bleepy, and in places, euphoric.
At 23 minutes long, I Extend My Arms Pt I & II is a highlight, gradually building over an unnerving drone before getting squelchy and dark midway through, gradually morphing into a glorious Dan Deacon-esque pounder that's easy to get lost in; the similarly epic René (a mere 18 minutes this time) brings proceedings to a perfect close. It isn't always the easiest of listens, but persistence pays off: XAM Duo is ultimately very rewarding.
Listen to: I Extend My Arms Pt I & II