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Album Review

Doug Scharin's Chicago-based H.I.M. collective makes a slight shift of focus, giving its fifth album a higher dose of the Afro-beat that characterized 2000's Our Point of Departure. The six tracks segued over a 60-minute running time succeed in the original ethos of the album: trying to capture a seamless feel in the arrangements by keeping the entire body of work at the same tempo. As Neil Turpin and Scharin's two-kit polyrhythmic section sketches the skeleton of each track through beats, the rest of the bandmembers are free to explore the outer reaches of each groove — Fred Erskine's bass working more with Carlo Cennamo's freewheeling sax than with the percussion while Josh LaRue's guitar fills whatever space it can. New Features is a triumph, complex yet endearing and a surprisingly easy — though intoxicating — listen.

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Despite the group's rather complicated history and numerous manifestations, HiM is largely the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Doug Scharin. A member of the rich Midwest indie scene, Scharin began HiM as a side project during downtime from his various day jobs (including membership in Codeine, Rex, and June of 44). HiM's music is consistently labeled as a dub-heavy brand of post-rock. Drawing freely upon the numerous influences...
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