NPR Music just released a Tiny Desk Concert with Chelsea Wolfe - stream it HERE.
February 12, 2016 by LARS GOTRICH • On last year’s Abyss, Chelsea Wolfe explicitly rendered the metallic tendencies that have always existed just below the surface of her music. Wolfe’s soulful howl found its bite in gigantic riffs and devastating volume that suited some of her most significant songwriting yet. But at the Tiny Desk, Wolfe took her songs back to their primal form with just her voice, a muffled electric guitar and a loop pedal.
Removed from thunderous distortion, the ghostly “Maw” becomes a nightmare in broad daylight, as Wolfe details “shattered teeth under a dripping tongue” just waiting “in this silence while you’re sleeping.” “Crazy Love,” a love song that’s dangerous in its desperation, sounds no less chilling. But it’s “Iron Moon,” inspired by the poetry of a Chinese factory worker who took his own life, that’s the most stripped of its metal. Wolfe’s guitar sounds muddy and dank as she sings, “My heart is an empty tomb / My heart is an empty room,” recalling the lonesome wail of Kitty Wells shot through the darkness.
Boris are on the cover of issue 385 of The Wire, available on newsstands now. Click HERE to see a preview or buy a copy online, and check out a preview of their upcoming collaboration with Merzbow HERE.
Boris are happy to announce additional dates following their performance at Levitation Austin 2016 (formerly Austin Psych Fest). A full list of shows can be seen below. Tickets can be found HERE and go on sale Friday, February 12th.
BORIS US TOUR DATES 2016
Apr 30 - Austin, TX @ Levitation Fest May 01 - El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls May 02 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sister May 03 - Flagstaff, AZ @ Green Room May 05 - Oakland, CA @ The New Parish May 06 - Fresno, CA @ Strummers May 07 - Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
A Dead Forest Index is an experimental indie band from London by way of New Zealand, that makes the most resonant sound out of the most minimal instrumentation. Their upcoming debut record, In All That Drifts from Summit Down, pushes what one would normally expect out of indie rock. Their music forgoes the modern focus on overly poppy hooks, in favor of creating something with only guitar, light percussion, and vocals to produce an emotional reaction. “No Paths” is a song that’s constantly pushing forward, brushing of sadness and into a sense of understanding. Vocals are lush and warm, pulsing emotion and heart around the guitars to build something beautiful and resonant.
Listen to “No Paths” below, and pick up In All That Drifts From Summit Down from Sargent House April 29.
In Songs Illustrated, we enlist our favorite comic book artists and cartoonists to translate songs into sequential art.
Black metal pioneers Deafheaven has spent half a decade exploring the contrast between euphoric washes of ethereal noise and relentless tidal waves of barbed metal glory. Blurs of serrated guitar, heart attack percussion and George Clarke’s sandpaper rasp have pushed the group into a new space that straddles traditional Scandinavian chaos with something much less definable. That hybrid intensity reached a new apex with 2015’s “New Bermuda,” an album that seamlessly gallops along assaulting guitar lines and tear-jerk adagio piano outros with equal conviction. And don’t get us started on the live shows.
In our latest Songs Illustrated, writer and illustratorBecky Cloonan channels eight-and-a-half-minute album closer, “Gifts for the Earth,” into a visual elegy of haunting beauty with an insidious core—which couldn’t be more appropriate. Cloonan currently co-writes the eerie underside of Batman’s stomping grounds in Gotham Academy as well as the cosmic horror slow burn of Southern Cross. Here, she harkens back to the brutal, lonely lament of works like her self-published one-shots Wolves, Demeter and The Mire as well as her stint on writer Brian Wood’s viking epic, Northlanders.
Deafheaven is currently on tour and Ms. Cloonan is currently prepping her new ongoing Punisher run at Marvel.