Following a wave of recent reissues and re-recorded versions of older CD-R titles, Desire In Uneasiness is an album of all new material from the acclaimed Canadian dreamsludge weavers Nadja. Five colossal jams of eternally-fuzzy, ethereal dirge that are powered by the interlocking bass guitars of Leah Buckareff and Aidan Baker, who set loose a wave of monstrous grinding bass riffs amidst a fog of beautiful, swirling electronic effects. Desire also marks the first Nadja album to feature a live drummer in place of the drum machine programming that has driven the band’s previous recordings, and the difference in the band’s sound is apparent from the first crushing beats of album opener ‘Disambiguation’. The organic drumming here takes Nadja’s music into new realms of spacious jazzy exploration, dubby rhythms and cavernous psychedelia, while also delivering some of the band’s most grooving, crushing hypno-bliss yet.
Desire also stands out from the rest of the Nadja catalog for it’s bizarre artwork that Aidan commisioned from his friend The Reverend Aitor. Aitor’s bright, bold lines and textured magic marker artwork gives the gatefold jacket we’ve presented this disc in the look of a twisted children’s book on acid, with weird images of chickens, trees growing through chairs, and more. The package is a sturdy 4-panel gatefold jacket printed by Stoughton, and it looks killer.