Wrekmeister Harmonies - You've Always Meant So Much to Me
Wrekmeister Harmonies will perform at Bohemian National Cemetery in Chicago on June 22
Illustration and Direction of Photography by Simon Fowler (Cataract Press)
Camera courtesy of Odyssey Media Collective
Edited by Gabe DeLoach
The current lineup includes: Whitehead, Drew Markuszewski of Avichi, producer Sanford Parker, Bruce Lamont of Yakuza, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, “harmoniumist/electronicist” Jaime Fennelly, harpist Chanel Pease, and violinist Julie Pomerleau.
That’s the team behind You’ve Always Meant So Much To Me, which is both the title of the forthcoming album (to be released by Thrill Jockey) and that of its one massive track. While barrages of drone that last the better part of an hour can in many cases be wearying, the sound produced by Wrekmeister Harmonies is immense enough to merit such space.
We’ve got an excerpt from "You’ve Always Meant So Much To Me" to share, and I promise, it’s worth your time; the music is a roiling blend of drone, funeral doom, and black metal that grows to Olympian heights, and as you wade deeper into the song, its undertow takes hold.
The clip above is a time-lapse video of Simon Fowler hand-drawing the album art, and the disparate speeds - the video moving faster than nature will allow; the music as deliberate and dark as hot pitch - can be dizzying. Watch, listen.