Brzowski and Moshe are poised to issue their first joint release, cementing a working relationship of nearly a decade spreading bleak, moody, and boundary-bending hiphop. Shortly after relocating to Portland,ME in 2001, Brzowski sought out professional connections in the small but diverse local scene to spread his brooding brand of introspective hiphop, and this quest brought him to Moshe, (a then-local Godfather of sorts, and driving force behind fledgling label Milled Pavement Records). Citing each other’s youthful interest in extreme metal, punk, hardcore, and horror films, both realized they were indeed kindred spirits in bringing these influences to realization in the realm of indie-hiphop in particular and electronic music in general.
8 years later, Moshe has successfully turned Milled Pavement Records into an internationally recognized purveyor of avant-garde underground music, and Brzowski has performed and toured to the point that a venerable who’s-who of independent hiphop artists call him a major ally in the struggle. After but a handful of collaborative songs, the two have constructed a cohesive EP blending and playing off each-other’s signature melancholic-to-ominous stylistic bent.
Brzowski moves from the 1-2 punch traditional rapping style, lathered with images of self-destruction, in the title track “Like Woe”- to his trademark arrhythmic lyrical torrent/lecture on “The Coming Plague”, a thoroughly researched treatise on the futility of staving off disease. Moshe maintains his stark, plodding beats, interspersed with samples, and heavily laden with thick slabs of dirty-digital low-end. The two even take a departure from their sonic characters on the jangly “Dog Called Cirrhosis”, where Brzowski weaves a catchy tribute to sloth and unemployment, while Moshe lays jingling porch-guitar samples over a surprisingly upbeat 4/4 stomp….a serious departure from fan expectations.
On the heals of successful string of EU tour dates, and each with a new solo album due out in the coming year, Brzowski & Moshe show no signs of drag on their collective juggernaut. Be Afraid. Be very Afraid. Like Woe.
released December 22, 2009
Produced & mixed by: Moshe
Guitar by: Brzowski (Tracks: 3, 4)
Featuring: K-the-I??? (Tracks: 5)
Mastered by: Moshe, j.hjort
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