Lost Tribe Sound
Brilliant, precise, and impactful! A serious must have for fans of experimental cello music in the vein of Julia Kent, Guy Gelem, or Hildur Guðnadóttir. One thing that makes this album stand out from others is the deep, thunderous, and at times brutal cello-formed percussion, so perfect!
Favorite track: At Night in the Slaughterhouse.
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Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album
• Handcrafted 7"x 5" Case & Glass Mastered CD
• Labeled 2nd Edition in interior - Non-Numbered Edition (about 150 Editions)
• DL Code for 'Psalms...'
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Includes unlimited streaming of Psalms for the Sunder
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If Lost Tribe Sound were tasked with inventing the ideal musical leviathan for the label, experimental cellist Alder & Ash would perhaps be the crowning achievement of such an undertaking. The framework of such a beast would be formed of heavy creaking timber, the beating heart of the creature - labored and thumping along steadily like an ancient, ill-timed metronome. The strong limbs would be held together by signews of lamb gut and metal, able to reach out in calm and caress, yet also capable of lashing out in brutal fits of devastation and frustration.
Exploring similar themes as Alder & Ash’s latest album ‘Clutched in the Maw of the World’, 'Psalms for the Sunder' thrives in opposing extremes. As the title suggests, 'Psalms for the Sunder' is a study of downfall and collapse. The work explores the boundaries, the desolation and despair, among the edges of things come undone. In that tension and space it finds not only cacophony, violence and decay, but also bittersweetness and calm.
If all this sounds a bit intense, you may do well to just have a listen or duck out now. As this is not the safe path to Yo-Yo-Ma style laments, gracefully pondering some past love affair. ‘Psalms...’ takes a far more rugged approach, an ugly retelling of the human condition, utilizing the cello not only for its beauty, but also for its aggressively commanding sensibilities.
Technically speaking, Alder & Ash use only cello to compose. The range of voices on the cello is truly remarkable, not only with smooth legato and pizzicato, but also extended techniques like percussion against various parts of the cello, scordatura (detuning strings), string scratching, col legno (striking strings with bow), ponticello (metallic and shrill overtones).
'Psalms…' immediately shocked us at headquarters when we first heard it. Sadly overlooked when self-released in 2016 by the artist, LTS realized it must be given a proper introduction to the world by reissuing it in a handcrafted physical edition along side the brand new full-length ‘Clutched in the Maw...’. As the fearless writers of the music site ‘A Closer Listen’ mention “Alder & Ash is one a handful of performers who choose to investigate the full potential of their instruments. As foreboding as the set may be, the music also includes moments of tenderness…some pensive and some angry, but all confident and strong. This is a suite of dust and chalk and the ascendence of the grey.”
8/10 STARS - Made entirely on a cello Psalms For The Sunder is delicate and violent in equal measures. - NORMAN RECORDS
"Alder & Ash is one a handful of performers who choose to investigate the full potential of their instruments. As foreboding as the set may be, the music also includes moments of tenderness…some pensive and some angry, but all confident and strong. This is a suite of dust and chalk and the ascendence of the grey." - A CLOSER LISTEN (smarturl.it/aclpsalms)
"A remarkable range of sounds is coaxed from the instrument in the albums' settings, with extended techniques exploited to their fullest in service to his vision." - TEXTURA (smarturl.it/aa.textura)
"On “Psalms for the Sunder” Alder & Ash utilize their chosen instrument to the fullest and create music that cuts through genres such as Drone, Americana, Industrial and others without being bogged down in one set genre. The music contained could easily be featured on a soundtrack or just enjoyed with a pair of headphones on." - DRIFTING, ALMOST FALLING (smarturl.it/psalms.daf)
Copyright 2016 by Adrian Copeland / Lost Tribe Sound
Mixing and recording by Tim Gowdy at birdsounz.
Mastering by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering.
Album art by June Barry.
Published by Settled Scores LLC
Alder & Ash is a counterpoint of two extremes. The music lies in stillness, introversion, and penitence. It lies in
violence, cacophony, and angst. Alder & Ash plays cello with loop pedal to create improvised minimal classical music, with influence of doom metal, ambient, post-rock and noise....more
supported by 67 fans who also own “Psalms for the Sunder”
Excelente disco con una muy lograda edición. Sobresaliente el sonido y por supuesto, la música. Hermosos paisajes sonoros que nos llevan de viaje por las estepas del Asia Central. Fabián Da Silva Puglia
supported by 63 fans who also own “Psalms for the Sunder”
An absolutely stunning release. The music is fraught with cicadas and mimosa blooms, and blends beautifully with the lazy southern haze of the afternoon. Heading back in for a second spin. Thank you for releasing this album. Randy Arnold