Raleigh band BRUXES strive to capture the tensity and disquiet that is implied by their name— bruxing is the clenching and grinding of teeth. Armed with unwavering cynicism and a guitar, singer Rachel Hirsh channels her daily fight with mental illness into brutally honest self-examination. Surrounded by shimmering atmospherics from keyboardist Curtis Armstead and guitarist John Booker, Hirsh’s silvery vocals do not belie her acerbic lyrics. The haunting, lonesome lap steel playing of Danny Johnson is supported by the R&B-influenced rhythm section of Aslan Freeman, switching between synthesized and stringed bass, and drummer Griffin Wade.
Though the songs are inspired by disorder, BRUXES manages to harness the chaos and create a singular, cohesive sound.