The Chicago four-piece Unfortunaut successfully blends minimalism and instrumental doom-metal on “Of Here & Now,” the band’s new three-song EP, three songs that, together, still clock in at twenty-five minutes. More Pelican than Russian Circles, Unfortunaut relies on heavy, pounding drums and grave, brooding guitars that, elementally, disturb and fascinate with overwhelming force. While other bands may feel the need to overdub that hell out of a three-song release, making it impossible to recreate effectively on stage, Unfortunaut holds back and creates an EP that’s heavy as thunder at times, and as quiet as drizzle at others. It’s tireless and unboundedly impressive, and certainly work in which vocals would only subtract from its essence and power. And on “Ursa,” the EP’s closer, the band transitions from making incessant feedback gorgeous to making you scared of the dark. (Tom Lynch)
October 5 at Darkroom.