This week really has me looking up for the year of 2014. Usually, January’s sort of dead on the music front out of worry of people forgetting about the albums by the end of the year when the lists begin to consume the internet. Dominick Fernow has done a few things aside from his acclaimed noise project Prurient. He was an associate of Cold Cave (Wesley Eisold)’s from 2009-2011, he operates under Vatican Shadow, he’s part of a black metal duo called Ash Pool and he runs his own record label called¬†Hospital Productions. This, however, is coming out on¬†Handmade Birds and it’s being distributed by¬†Thrill Jockey here in North America. “Doors Closed in Secrecy” starts out with an eerily calm ambient ring but the industrial and dirty synth lines come in to hijack the hypnagogic atmosphere. “Washed Against The Rocks,” the B-Side (oddly enough), is very loud yet the drones are strong enough to the point of creating a lush white noise. Is Dominick Fernow going to take an ambient direction for future releases? We’ll see. To check out a preview of both tracks, click through the yellow box below this paragraph and see what you think of them. Cheers!

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Edition of 500 pressed on heavyweight 70gram vinyl, presented in a proper jacket with artworked inner sleeve. 250 copies solid white vinyl, 250 copies blue in clear vinyl.

This is pre-order for Jan 28, 2014 street date. All pre-orders for Washed Against The Rocks will ship by street date.

After a series of releases marking reinvention and his furthest reaches into sonic exploration, Washed Against the Rocks is a tour de force, a return to form, a work that recalls the most balanced yet visceral moments of classic Prurient, the material for which stems from a time of great personal hardship. This is the snapshot of an intimate catharsis that demands the reverence of those willing to experience it. The latest in the Handmade Birds Dark Icons. Runtime 10:21, Mastered by Colin Marston (Krallice, Gorguts, Dysrhythmia).

Dominick Fernow is a multimedia artist currently residing in Los Angeles, California. He runs the record label Hospital Productions and performs as Prurient, Vatican Shadow, Ash Pool, and from 2009-2011 was a frequent collaborator and performer in Cold Cave.

Prurient has released material on numerous independent record labels, such as American Tapes, Hanson Records, RRRecords, Load Records, Blackest Ever Black, Cold Spring, Troubleman Unlimited, Chrondritic Sound, Hydra Head, No Fun, Editions Mego, and his own label Hospital Productions. Since the 2000s, Prurient has become one of the most well-known and influential names in noise music, and has been covered in outlets such as The New Yorker, Pitchfork Media and The Village Voice.

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