Seattle-based avant-garde rock group Midday VeilÂ are releasing their third studio album via Beyond Beyond is Beyond, and pre-orders are now available.
“This Wilderness” is their first album on BBiB and the follow-up to 2013’s critically acclaimed “The Current.” This band is known for their heavy drones and mind-melting improvs that will blow your socks off. It can be some very trippy stuff at times (see video for Remember Child). Fans ofÂ FĂ¶llakzoid will definitely enjoy this one.
The bundle with the poster and bandana is being sold for a limited time only, and for the same price as the album would regularly be. No singles have been released yet, but you can check out the stream of “The Current”Â below to hold you over.
Somewhere among the sonic synchronicity that binds together the forty-two minutes of Midday Veilâ€™s animated and eloquent new album â€śThis Wilderness,â€ť attentive listeners will be struck by the realization that the human organism embodied by the listener is an integral part of an interconnected ecosystem.
Itâ€™s a realization about self, size and scope, and like the album itself, itâ€™s massive. Midday Veil have long found themselves comfortable creating colossal concerns, as recorded on the bandâ€™s earliest, self-released explorations. The bandâ€™s preceding full-length album â€“ 2013â€™s â€śThe Current,â€ť named one of the yearâ€™s best avant-rock releases by The Wire â€“ could be viewed as the band emerging from their kosmische chrysalis, unfurling previously unheard banners of both color and control. â€śThis Wildernessâ€ť is the sound of the band under the self-imposed hypnosis of that emergence, extending the voyage with even more discipline than ever before.
Yet itâ€™s the mystery of â€śThis Wildernessâ€ť that makes the album among the most creatively compelling of this or any year, and vocalist and founding member Emily Pothast gives voice to that mystery both literally and figuratively. On the opening invocation of â€śBabel,â€ť Pothast addresses her place within â€śThis Wildernessâ€ť and by extension, the place of the listener as well: â€śThis wilderness amazes me / but covers me with shame / when I aspire to codify / the thing that has no name.â€ť On â€śBabelâ€ť and throughout â€śThis Wilderness,â€ť the band stands firmly in the midst of that amazement, transmitting a wide-eyed discovery of the full potential of their sounds and surroundings, utterly resisting retreat into a preordained musical framework and embracing the endless multiplicity of perspective.
The beating musical heart of â€śThis Wildernessâ€ť remains the out-sized synth wizardry of co-founder David Golightly, who seems to have ingested every possible mind-altering sound from Stockhausen to Cybotron to the â€śLove to Love Youâ€ť of Donna Summer. Theyâ€™re all on display here, made especially ornate by the driving percussion of Garrett Moore, the deep, submerging bass of Jayson Kochan, and the often-explosive, reptilian guitar lines of multi-instrumentalist Timm Mason. Rounding out the lineup is an all-star cast of guest spots including Bernie Worrell (Parliament, Funkadelic), Eyvind Kang and Skerik.
Itâ€™s unclear what will happen next, nor does it seem to particularly matter. Midday Veil will be staying in â€śThis Wildernessâ€ť â€“ in an increasingly interconnected, dynamic, even dangerous cosmos â€“ for quite awhile, and itâ€™s our good fortune to join them.
â€śDoes it feel like magic? Does it feel like pain? Does it scratch the surface? The echo that remains.â€ť â€“ Ryan Muldoon, revoltoftheapes.com
*Band photo by Frank Correa
**Album and poster art by Midday Veil's Emily Pothast
**THIS IS A PRE-ORDER. RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 28, 2015**
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