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Psalms for the Sunder

by Alder & Ash

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    • PRE-ORDER BONUS: 1st 50 Pre-orders receive a 6.5"x 5" print of the Clutched artwork by Susi Sie
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    • Limited to 150 Hand-numbered Editions
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    PRE-ORDER ITEM: This item is a pre-order item. If purchased in the same transaction as other currently available titles, all physical editions will ship on the date that the last pre-order item is released.

    Includes digital pre-order of Psalms for the Sunder. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it's released.
    digital album releases July 28, 2017
    item ships out on or around July 26, 2017
    edition of 25 

      $24 USD or more 

     

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Triage

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Subscribe to the Lost Tribe Sound: A Prelude to Decline (Subscription Series) to receive 'Clutched in the Maw...' on CD or digitally at a discount and a whole lot more here: losttribesound.bandcamp.com/album/prelude-to-the-decline-subscription-series

Subscribers to the Prelude to the Decline Series will receive an advanced download code for "Psalms for the Sunder" the same day as subscribing.

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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.”

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releases July 28, 2017

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

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Alder & Ash Montreal, Québec

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

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