Astragal – the dividing line that makes the whole possible; the opaque between the transparent. What better way to describe Broken DC's newest, and boldest, work yet. Couched in a sound that is eternal dusk - thanks to the visionary production of Dan Sullivan [Ulver, Sunn O))] - this is an exploration of what lies between light and shade, between the coruscating and the excoriating. Guitars construct gentle, swaying canopies, then crash down like falling oaks. Choruses soothe with celestial beauty, then sour with discord, an escape from the tyranny of angels. 'In the darkest night you shine,' they sing in Forever Blue, a perfect encapsulation of its gloomy madrigal, illuminated by the plaintive trumpet of Sam Barton (Teeth of the Sea). In Hollow Tree, a twisted nursery rhyme spirals off into shearing squalls of guitar. The irresistible interval between the microcosm and the macrocosm; the invisible border between the above and the below – Astragal.
Formed in East London in 2013 Broken DC bring a twin guitar attack with blissed out vocals and set to a white wash collage of sounds, both light and dark. The line up includes members of pedigree from bands such as Fabric, Capricorns and Pettybone. Astragal, named after the Albertine Sarrazin book, and incidentally Patti Smith's favourite work of fiction, is a work of pure unadulterated beauty.