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Clutched in the Maw of the World

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
    • Receive both Clutched... & Psalms... in CD format at a discount
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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 Clutched in the Maw of the World. You get 2 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 

     

1.
The Merciless Dusk
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3.
All His Own, the Lord of Naught
4.
Clutched in the Maw of the World
5.
The Great Plains of Dust
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7.
The Merciful Dawn
8.
The Glisten, the Glow

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

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PRESS:

"It is truly unbelievable what a splendid beauty and power he captures from his cello... With Alder & Ash is an incredibly good and innovative name in the neoclassical world" - DE SUBJECTIVISTEN (subjectivisten.nl?p=7185)

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There have been many pretty and sorrowful pieces written for cello in recent years, yet Alder & Ash seem discontent in this mild approach, opting instead to purge the demons with a more unsettling and destructive aural palette. Not to say it’s all doom and gloom, as the moments of tension do give way to some resolve and enlightenment, but the true genius of Alder & Ash’s music lies in the balance of these extremes.

'Clutched in the Maw of the World', the second full-length album from Alder & Ash, is as much maximal as it is minimal. It punctuates periods of barren calm with thunder and screams, before creeping back to the silence and the dusk. The album is comprised entirely of cello. 'Clutched...' combines traditional classical modalities with gnarled, heavily treated modern techniques to devastating affect. Glass, wood, rain, stone and air are all present in the music, from the crystalline notes of the "Merciless Dawn" to the unyielding crashes and lumbering slabs of distorted rhythm of "A Seat Amongst God and His Children."

Alder & Ash treads on the experimental fringes of modern classical, perhaps too abrasive to play nice with the coy melodrama of the scene. Yet, the music has enough grit to take hold of lovers of doom, noise, and the like, perhaps winning over new fans of cello music from even the most hardened black metal die-hards.

Alder and Ash are not without their contemporaries, at times bringing to mind the lonesome bowed soundscapes of Warren Ellis, the calculated and darkly toned compositions of Christoph Berg, the rustic grandeur of the Montreal based label Constellation, or even the recent High Plains album on Kranky. With Alder & Ash’s penchant for unconventional rhythmics and freeform, teeth-baring experimentation one could also draw comparisons to the work of Colin Stetson.

'Clutched in the Maw of the World' is an honest and stark solitary journey in a desolate and destitute earth. It’s an album unafraid of being vulnerable, desperate and insecure, and above all else, it is not afraid to suffer.

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releases July 28, 2017

Composed & Performed by Adrian Copeland
Recording by Etienne Lapierre
Mixing by Alexandre Bisson
Additional Mixing by Etienne Lapierre
Mastering by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering
Cover Art by Susi Sie
Layout & Design by Ryan Keane
Video footage courtesy of NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Copyright by Adrian Copeland / Lost Tribe Sound LLC 2017
Published by Settled Scores LLC 2017

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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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