Two of the finest practitioners of unsettling and enveloping audioscapes team here for varied takes on drone, noise, and sonic wrangling.
Alabama’s Clawing is a collaboration between the prolific trio of Jeff McLeod (Gezoleen, Saragashum, Bert) Austin Gaines (Calques, Hadals, Japanese Women), and poet / spoken word artist Matt Finney (It Only Gets Worse). Their work here is an expansion on the ghostly world conjured on their masterful debut, Spectral Estate, with an unsettling aura that rests atop a current of anxiety and contemplation.
Offerbeest is one of the many guises for Dutch artist Maurice de Jong, perhaps best known for his work in the twisted black metal / experimental terror that is Gnaw Their Tongues. With Offerbeest, Maurice relies on analog synths to conjure bleak passages through demon haunts. High quality cassettes (edition of 100), digital downloads and streaming courtesy of Portland’s Nailbat Tapes.
You float through the void in your doomed ship, your mates all dead, biding your time staring into a dim mirror, repulsed and entranced by a hideous reflection.
Volume 5 in a series of joylessly noisy musicks is now available for download and streaming on my Bandcamp page. I have to say that this is my favorite in the series. Deep, dark and thematic. Board the doomed ship and find out. Features excellent artwork once again by Austin Gaines.
The upcoming Clawing/Offerbeest split is now up for preorders at Nailbat Tapes. Get two downloadable tracks now, and the full digital release and cassette when it comes out on June 1. Clawing is my noise/drone/soundscape trio with Austin Gaines (Calques, Japanese Women) and Matt Finney (It Only Gets Worse, Heinali), and Offerbeest is Mauric de Jong (Gnaw Their Tongues). 4 tracks from each.
Also, I’m putting the finishing mastering touches on Joyless Noise, Vol. 5. Austin Gaines is once again doing the artwork. 4 songs lost in deep space on a doomed ship. More info soon…
You can order Spectral Estate by Clawing on cassette & digital album now from Dullest Records!
My friend Shane Gillis has just released a fantastic collection of atmospheric synth rock called Portal. If you’re into cinematic synth-ness, peppered with driving rhythms and tasty guitar leads, then you should definitely give this a cranked-up listen. You can stream with the player below and snag a digital download right from Shane’s Bandcamp page. Dig it!
An interview on Destroy//Exist and a track premiere from our upcoming recording Spectral Estate. Full-length cassette preorders and downloads soon from Dullest Records.
Clawing continues to dig its way into reality…
There is a a great pre-release review on Fluid Radio of the upcoming recording Spectral Estate by Clawing, which is Austin Gaines, Matt Finney and myself. Artwork by Unknown Relic’s Stephen Wilson. Spectral Estate will be out soon on Dullest Records. Check it out here.
Dead Dream City, my split CD with TN’s Degtras is available now from Wood & Stone Productions. The disc features 2 longform tracks of darkest drone and deep, pummeling synthesis to rattle your brain. Degtras’ Road To The Dark City puts you on the bleak highway, and my Thomas Ligotti-inspired Nethescurial heralds your arrival in the dead city.
You can order the limited run CDs direct from Wood & Stone, or contact me here to get the right from me. If you’d like a copy, definitely hit one of us up, as they are just about sold out. Digital downloads and streaming are available on Bandcamp.
2 cassettes and a split with Offerbeest are on the horizon from my noise/drone/spoken word group Clawing (Austin Gaines, Matt Finney, Christopher Davis, et al) as well. More info on that as it all comes together.
I also have two new songs on the game soundtrack/gamplay radio station for the horror boardgame magazine Freakface!!! My tracks are Skeletal Reflection 1 & 2 and are presented under the name Joyless Noise.
Thanks for listening!
Preorders are up now for my upcoming split CD with TN’s Degtras. It’s called Dead Dream City, and features two lengthy tracks of deep drone and dark synthesis from each of us, as well as fantastic thematic artwork by Austin Gaines. The CD will be released on December 21 by the fine folks at Wood & Stone Productions. Copies are extremely limited, so preorder now to set out on the road to the dark city Nethescurial (thank you, Thomas Ligotti!) and get lost there with us.