Review: A Dead Forest Index “In All That Drifts From Summit Down” by WEAREUNSEEN 

Using only a very minimal palette of sounds, brothers Adam and Sam Sherry – who make up the entirety of A Dead Forest Index – manage to create a vast, perfectly orchestrated expanse of sound. Employing mostly only simple motifs on guitar, piano and drums, with Adam’s androgynous voice laid gently over the top, much of In All That Drifts from Summit Down envelops the listener in a sound world so dreamy that it could transport your ears to a soft and relaxed state even if listened to on a hectic commute or in a crowded office. The wash of reverb which soaks every sound does a lot to aid the immersive feeling of this album, but the feature which takes every track above and beyond almost everything else existing in the ‘indie’ circuit at the moment is the beauty in the vocals.

Lush, choral vocal arrangements permeate all of the many highlights of this album. Adam’s confident yet airy melodies and harmonies are layered gradually over one another, creating a rich and warm texture to get completely lost in. On ‘Cast of Lines’, the looping choir of Adams build their intertwined tones to such a beautiful zenith that it is hard to do anything but let yourself be carried away softly on their feather-light pillow of vocal luxury. Tracks like ‘Tide Walks’ and ‘No Paths’ develop from humble beginnings into multi-layered masterworks due solely to the gradual expanding in scope of Adam’s voice. ‘Silver Thread of Sun’ is another example of this technique perfected, but really it is a feature which is a present strength on every track.

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Billboard premieres new Empty Houses song “Daydream” 


Sometimes, treasured new songs come from unexpected places. The Detroit pop-punk band Fireworks went on hiatus last May, but two of its members have resurfaced in a new group with a new vocalist and a completely different sound. But then again, it’s a sound that’s near and dear to their city’s long musical tradition.

Meet Empty Houses – ex-Fireworkers Adam Mercer and David Mackinder, plus frontwoman Ali Shea and her majestic singing voice. Their debut album Daydream is out next month, and we’re excited to premiere its irresistible title track – a savvy statement in the language of Motown and Phil Spector’s “wall of sound” production – and all the swooning, piano-laced hooks and castanet clicks that come with it.

“‘Daydream’ is the first song we wrote together,” the band tells Billboard. “With it, we feel like we solidified what this band should be. This song feels like our benchmark.”

Click HERE to stream “Daydream”

It’s definitely a good place to start on the forthcoming full length, which drops June 10 on Sargent House, along with a tour with indie rockers Good Old War. Daydream was produced by four-time Grammy-winner Graham Marsh, who’s engineered big timers like Cee Lo Green’s “F-ck You” and Bruno Mars’ Doo-Wops & Hooligans.

“A daydream can be an escape from reality to a world more pleasant, or it can simply be a distraction from your real life that ends up hurting you… There’s probably a good argument to be had for both sides, and the songs on this album could potentially argue either one. Ultimately, life is what you make of your experiences, and hopefully people can reflect on their own experiences through these songs and have fun with this album.”

(via Billboard)

A Dead Forest Index “In All That Drifts From Summit Down” Out Now! 


A Dead Forest Index newest album “In All That Drifts From Summit Down” is officially out today via Sargent House. Available on all digital and streaming platforms. Listen here now.

Pick up a physical copy in stores now, or order online on our stores

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A Dead Forest Index are now on tour with Chelsea Wolfe.  

Tickets and details available HERE.

Apr 29 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
Apr 30 - McAllen, TX @ Cine El Rey
May 02 - Memphis, TN @ The Hi-Tone
May 03 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade - Heaven
May 04 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
May 06 - Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony
May 08 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
May 09 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
May 10 - Boston, MA @ Royale
May 11 - Providence, RI @ Fete Music Hall
May 12 - Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom at The Outer Space
May 13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
May 14 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
May 16 - Montreal, QB @ Theatre Fairmount
May 17 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
May 19 - Detroit, MI @ El Club
May 20- Chicago,IL @ Thalia Hall
May 21 - Columbus, OH @ Ace Of Cups
May 22 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
May 24 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
May 25 - Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
May 26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
May 28 - Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
May 29 - Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
Jun 01 - San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
Jun 02 - San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
Jun 07 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Jun 08 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom

See what people are saying about the album below: 

“Much of In All That Drifts From Summit Down is about hints and traces of things—of memories, landscapes and people. Here, however, it’s right there in front of you, a breathtaking realization of shadows made flesh.” - Treble Magazine 

“As the morning breaks and you realise you’ve survived, it suddenly dawns on you just how much you enjoyed your time alone. Such is the case with In All That Drifts From Summit Down, a bold and solitary debut to be immersed in.” - 4/5 review from Songwriting Magazine 

“A Dead Forest Index is now streaming their debut album In All That Drifts From Summit Down. The band pulls off the great feat of creating expansive music with a minimalist sound palate, drawing on influences that range from Tibetan ritualistic music, Arvo Pärt, and bands like Low and Dirty Three. It is a beautiful and impressionistic work.” - Ghettoblaster Magazine 

“Revered British poet William Blake, whose writings influenced some of the songs here, once wrote that a "tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way." With this sentiment in mind, A Dead Forest Index keep a catalogue of laments and resolutions, the most prominent of which is both of those things: the idea that all living things must one day die.” - Exclaim


Wovenhand announces European tour dates & new album to come fall 2016 

Wovenhand will head back to Europe this September to play 29 cities in 12 different countries in support of his forthcoming album entitled Star Treatment. The album is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Refractory Obdurate now celebrating its two year anniversary, released on April 25, 2014.

Before heading overseas Wovenhand will be part of this year’s Psycho Las Vegas festival taking place August 26-28 alongside Blue Oyster Cult, Alice Cooper, Drive Like Jehu, Baroness, Sleep and many more.

Star Treatment will be released in early September as a partnership between Sargent House worldwide and Glitterhouse Records who will handle the release for Europe.

A list of dates can be found below - click HERE for up to date ticket links and information.


Aug 26   LAS VEGAS, NV - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino/ PsychoFest  
Sep 12   COLOGNE, DE – Gebäude 9
Sep 13   FRANKFURT, DE – Zoom
Sep 15   BERN, CH – ISC
Sep 16   ZURICH, CH – Bogen F
Sep 17   VIENNA, AT – Flex
Sep 18   BUDAPEST, HU – A38
Sep 20   SALZBURG, AT – Rockhouse
Sep 21   MUNICH, DE – Ampere
Sep 22   LEIPZIG, DE – UT Connewitz
Sep 23   BERLIN, DE – Heimathafen
Sep 24   HAMBURG, DE – Reeperbahn Festival
Sep 26   ARHUS, DK – Train
Sep 27   OSLO, NO – John Dee
Sep 29   HELSINKI, FI – Tavastia
Sep 30   STOCKHOLM, SE – Nalen
Oct 01    LUND, SE – Mejeriet
Oct 02    COPENHAGEN, DK – Vega Jr.
Oct 04    EINDHOVEN, NL – Effenaar
Oct 05    AMSTERDAM, NL – Melkweg
Oct 06    LEUVEN, BE – Het Depot
Oct 07    GENT, BE – Handelsbeurs
Oct 08    CHARLEROI, BE – L’Eden
Oct 10    LILLE, FR – L’Aéronef
Oct 11    PARIS, FR – La Maroquinerie
Oct 13    ORLEANS, FR – L’Astrolabe
Oct 14    GRENOBLE, FR – La Belle Electrique
Oct 15    FEYZIN, FR – L’Epicerie Moderne
Oct 16    TOULOUSE, FR – La Rex
Oct 18    LONDON, UK – The Dome

A Dead Forest Index "In All That Drifts From Summit Down” Full Album Stream on Flavorwire 

There’s not much to In All That Drifts From Summit Down, the debut LP from A Dead Forest Index—each of the album’s 13 tracks are comprised of guitar, vocals, and simple percussion. Yet its minimalist construction belies the textured atmospherics it creates, slowly built up, track by track, lending it a natural gravitas. Flavorwire has an exclusive early peek at the album, due out April 29 on Sargent House—you can stream it below.

A Dead Forest Index is the brothers Adam (vocals/guitar) and Sam Sherry (drums/piano), who’ve arrived in London from their hometown of Auckland, New Zealand, via the shores of Melbourne, Australia. What started as a solo project from Adam in 2008 had evolved into a collaboration by 2010, with Sam adding percussive weight to his brother’s Fleet and Foxy vocals. The brothers channel some of the more drone elements of Low, layering repetitive harmonies over sparse guitar strums.

As the brothers toured extensively from 2012—2014, they put out two EPs, “Antique” and “Cast of Lines.” The latter was released on Jehnny Beth’s (Savages) Pop Noire label, which led to a collaboration between the two groups: a composition and performance called “In What I’m Seeing; the Sun” presented at the Barbican’s Station to Station Festival in 2015. Savages guitarist Gemma Thompson also features on two In All That Drifts From Summit Down tracks, “Myth Retraced” and “Sand Verse.”

They recently completed a European jaunt in support of Sargent House labelmate Chelsea Wolfe; you can catch them in the states through early June, and buy In All That Drifts From Summit Down here.

Stream the entire album HERE.

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photo by Andrey Kalinovsky

Russian Circles’ upcoming 2016 European Spring Tour starts this week 4/28 with DesertFest Dunk!Fest and more festivals along the way. For all show/ticket details click HERE. All dates are listed below:

Apr 28 Glasgow,UK @ Saint Luke’s
Apr 29 Liverpool,UK @ Constellations
Apr 30 London, UK @ TheDesertFest @ Electric Ballroom
May 01 Utrecht,NL @ Pandora TivoliVredenburg
May 03 Orleans,FR @ L'Astrolabe *
May 04 Yverdon Les Bains,CH @ Amalgame
May 05 Lyon, FR @ Nuits Sonores / L'epicerie Moderne
May 06 Metz, FR @ We Are A Young Team @ Les Trinitaires
May 07 Zottegem, BE @ Dunk!festival
May 09 Wiesbaden,DE @ Schlachthof
May 10 Dresden,DE @ Beatpol*
May 11 Duisburg, DE @ Grammatikoff *
May 13 Copenhagen,DK @ A Colossal Weekend - Få billetter/few tickets!
May 14 Hannover, DE @ Cafe Glocksee
*support by: This Will Destroy You

Deafheaven announce South American Shows 

Deafheaven will head over to South America this Summer. See all tour dates and details at

Jun 2 Sydney @ Vivid Live / Sydney Opera House
Jun 3 Melbourne @ Corner Hotel
Jun 4 Brisbane @ Crowbar
Jun 6 Perth @ Rosemount Hotel

June 25 Calgary, AB @ Sled Island Festival
Jul 04 Bogota, Colombia @ Rock Al Parque Festival
Jul 06 Lima, Peru @ Sargento Pimienta
Jul 08 Santiago, Chile @ Espacia San Diego
Jul 09 Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Uniclub
Jul 10 Sao Paulo, Brasil @ Clash Club
Jul 16 Chicago, IL @ Chicago Open Air
Jul 22-24  Niigata, Japan @ Fuji Rock Festival
Aug 12 Eau Claire, WI @ Eaux Claires
Aug 13-14 Atlanta, GA @ Wrecking Ball ATL
Aug 20 Trondheim, Norway @ PStereo Festival

A Dead Forest Index // New Video Premiere via Brooklyn Vegan 

A Dead Forest Index are a dark dream pop duo from New Zealand who have also been based in Melbourne, London and more. Their debut album In All That Drifts from Summit Down, which features Gemma from Savages playing guitar on several songs, comes out April 29 via Sargent House (pre-order). We already posted the single “No Paths,” and we’re now premiering another track from the album, “Summit Down,” along with its video (directed by Teodora Castelluci). Like “No Paths,” it kind of sounds like a more brooding Mazzy Star. It’s also got some nice melancholic strings. The video has slow-moving footage of black-and-grey images, which suits the song well. Check it out below.

As mentioned, the duo will be touring with Chelsea Wolfe later this year. The tour hits NYC on May 8 at MHOW and May 9 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still available.

Chelsea Wolfe / A Dead Forest Index — 2016 Tour Dates
4/24 Las Vegas, NV – The Bunkhouse
4/25 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
4/26 Albuquerque, NM – Sister Bar
4/28 Austin, TX – Mohawk / Levitation Kick Off
4/29 Dallas, TX – Trees
4/30 McAllen, TX – Cine El Rey
5/02 Memphis, TN – The Hi-Tone
5/03 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade Heaven
5/04 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
5/06 Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony
5/08 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
5/09 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
5/10 Boston, MA – The Royale
5/11 Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall
5/12 Hamden, CT – The Space
5/13 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
5/14 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre
5/16 Montreal, QB – Theatre Fairmount
5/17 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
5/19 Detroit, MI – El Club
5/20 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
5/21 Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
5/22 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
5/24 Omaha, NE – Slowdown
5/25 Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
5/26 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
5/28 Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
5/29 Vancouver, BC – Imperial
6/1 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
6/2 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
6/7 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
6/8 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom

Chelsea Wolfe RBMA Monthly Radio Show starts tomorrow 

Chelsea Wolfe will be hosting a monthly radio show for RBMA Radio (Red Bull Music Academy Radio) called Hypnos Hour, where she’ll be sharing music that has inspired her over the years, favorite songs, and conversations with other musicians. Each episode will have its own theme, with the first episode focusing on outsider folk, blues, and country.
Hypnos Hour goes live tomorrow, 4/20, from 6-7PM EST. Click HERE to sign up and then then tune in HERE.

Then Chelsea Wolfe and her band kick off her North American tour alongside labelmates A Dead Forest Index this Sunday, 4/24. A full list of dates can be found below - CLICK HERE for tickets and info.

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