For its fourth release, Cold Plunge, doomgaze act STAHV aka Solomon Arye Rosenschein improvised—literally. The three tracks which make up the twenty-one minutes of the EP were each recorded live in one continuous take with minimal overdubs. The performances all feature the hallmarks of STAHV’s live show: keyboards and guitars slathered in layers of loops, cavernous reverbs, and myriad delays. Rosenschein describes the moody title track as “The Cure meets Can.” Closer “a slow surrender” and “Stealth Deception” are both fuzz-drenched grooves with lo-fi beats and arpeggiation that bring to mind a collision of Beach House and Hawkwind.
Willamette Week describes STAHV’s debut as, “cinematic glory that blends guitar loops with lush synths to create bombastic modern soundscapes." Seattle’s KEXP calls The Sundowner, "an adventurous 4-song EP blending elements of heavy psych-rock, doom metal, post-rock, noise-rock, and more."
Cold Plunge is the first STAHV release on Portland-based Heterodox Records, home to Production Unit Xero and Gloom Mountain Gospel. Live, STAHV has appeared at curated festivals like Northwest Terror Fest and Freakout Fest as well as supporting Scott Kelly of Neurosis, Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, Mirrors for Psychic Warfare, and others.