Alexis Marshall made a playlist of the ten songs that played a role in influencing 'House of Lull . House of When' and wrote an accompanying piece for Brooklyn Vegan.
"Daughters vocalist Alexis Marshall releases his debut solo album House of Lull . House of When on Sargent House this week (pre-order). Two songs are out from it now (and a non-album single), and as you can hear on those songs, House has a similarly gothy vibe to Daughters' great 2018 comeback album You Won't Get What You Want, but Alexis takes things in a few different directions too. To get a feel for the vibe Alexis was going for on this album, we asked him about the music that inspired it, and he made us a list of 10 songs, from Nick Cave to Scott Walker to Nico to Swans to Suicide and more. Read on for what he had to say..."
"..Finally, my last recommendation is the fantastic solo work from Daughters frontman Alexis Marshall. His debut House Of Lull. House Of When is out very soon on Sargent House, and is a scathing, harsh and chaotically beautiful work of art. He went into a studio with nothing and left with powerful slab of musique concrete, played by the hand of chance. It’s nine spacious yet claustrophobic tracks that see Alexis’ howling vitriol married to the gritty field recordings and Neubauten-esque vistas he’s conjured, along with the help of Daughters collaborator Jon Syverson and Jaye Jayle frontman Evan Patterson. There are tracks that feel kind of like a fever dream about attending an Appalachian tent revival, and others that are the internal dialogue during your toughest moments, manifesting as an album. At times it’s a punishing listen, both sonically and lyrically, which makes it all the more rewarding. Enjoy!"
Earlier this month Alexis Marshall delivered “Hounds in the Abyss”, the first volley from his forthcoming solo album House of Lull. House of When. Today the Daughters singer shares a follow up called “Open Mouth”.
While not as oppressively scary as “Hounds in the Abyss”, there is still little to no light to be found in “Open Mouth”. With the ramshackle clatter of drums and high-pitched guitar feedback setting the tone, Marshall begins in repeated mumbles “it is not the feeling coming close”, before all the ducks get in a line and “Open Mouth” sets off on its haggard rumble. With a caustic palette, Marshall reflects on the doom that seems to be impending at every second; “has the rapture come?” he asks repeatedly, and the haywire guitar behind him suggesting that yes, it has. While it’s undoubtedly bleak, there’s no denying the hair-raising effect of “Open Mouth”, as we gradually hear him getting further swallowed into this abyss of noise and paranoia; fighting it by screaming “what a time to be alive! / what a world, they said!”
Poet, artist, and Daughters vocalist Alexis Marshall has his solo debut on the way, and here is a new song and visual from it. “Open Mouth” is a song devoid of decoration or sheen; an echoic display of experimental arrangement and poetic stream of consciousness lyrics. The accompanying video, directed by UK-based John Bradburn and starring up-and-coming actor Charlie Greenwood, features beautiful yet stirring art house cinematography as Greenwood emotively performs Marshall’s lyrics. The song follows the previously released “Hounds in the Abyss”; watch that here
Daughters frontman Alexis Marshall has announced his debut solo album. It’s called House of Lull . House of When, and it arrives July 23 via Sargent House. The announcement comes with the release of a new single, “Hounds in the Abyss.” Below, check out the stark, black and white visual for the song, directed by Jeremy W., as well as the album artwork and tracklist.
Poet, artist and Daughters vocalist Alexis Marshall has announced his solo debut album House Of Lull . House Of When for July 23rd via Sargent House and along with it the first song and video for “Hounds In The Abyss”. Directed by Jeremy W., Marshall notes of the video’s concept “The long stare into the room of self—the universe’s middle distance—the many hidden doors we locate, the many rooms we find. Populated not only by whom else we are, but by places we have been. The places we are. We don’t always pull away from the hot stove.”
Produced by Seth Manchester the album is crafted around moments of spontaneity and sonic detritus. For it Marshall brought together an impressive group of collaborators to execute his vision, a vision that for the first time was under his full creative direction. Jon Syverson (Daughters) and Evan Patterson (Jaye Jayle, Young Widows) joined Marshall in Pawtucket, Rhode Island at Machines with Magnets studio with no material. The strategy was to embrace new sounds, employ the element of chance, and capture the creative process in a song format. The genesis of a song could be anything—a fragmented piano line, a drum pattern—but the impetus was often a non-musical sound. Marshall sourced a lot of his textural contributions from a hardware store all contributing to a proto-industrial rattle-and-rumble reminiscent of early Einstürzende Neubauten. The resulting material stands to be the boldest and exciting work of his career.