• John Van de Mergel

Sounds | King Woman, Psychic Wound


De eerste single van het tweede album van deze Bay Area doom/sludge/industrial shoegazers (om er maar enkele termen op te plakken) greep meteen mijn aandacht en met de tweede release ben ik helemaal overtuigd. Dit is nog eens een band/sound die mijn bloed sneller doet stromen.Wat een intensiteit! Celestial Blues verschijnt op 30 juli via Relapse Records.


“‘Psychic Wound’ is about paying the price for eating forbidden fruit,” explains Kris Esfandiari of the riveting track and its visual companion. “When desire turns into obsession it can keep you longer than you intended to stay and nearly destroy your sanity."

Luister ook naar: Morning Star


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As news of the nine-song album’s impending release was made public earlier this month, accompanied by the “Morning Star” video, Revolver dubbed it “doomgaze ballet,” Stereogum described the track as “a torch song” with “a skull-crush level of intensity” and Brooklyn Vegan commented on the outfit’s unique “ability to mix dark folk-style singer/songwriter” vibes “with towering sludge metal riffage.”


Celestial Blues was recorded in Oakland, California by GRAMMY-nominated engineer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Amenra, Oathbreaker). The band is rounded out by drummer Joseph Raygoza and guitar player Peter Arensdorf. Visual collaborations featured in the album packaging and surrounding imagery were created by Nedda Afsari, Collin Fletcher, and Jamie Parkhurst.


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