Welcome to ON THE HORIZON, our relentlessly infrequent feature wherein we discuss upcoming albums that have caught our sleep-encrusted eyes. Us Villagers are always on the lookout for the next best thing to wake us from slumber. On the docket today: the forthcoming full-length from Sleeping Village favorites Domkraft.
Written by: The Administrator
Look how easily we cast aside the tired present and gaze longingly into the future! I, for one, am getting mighty excited about the music that awaits just beyond the horizon, and Domkraft's forthcoming third effort is certainly the cause of some of said excitement.
Ah, Domkraft. Revel in their name. Back in the primordial days of this here blog, their stellar Flood found high ground on our 2018 Albums of the Year list, landing at a respectable #4 for that year. Presenting a remarkably well-executed blend of fuzz-worshiping doom and psychedelic wanderings, Flood remains one of my favorite doom records of the last five years. Their follow-up, Slow Fidelity, somehow missed our rudimentary radar and thus missed year-end shenanigans, but it provides a similarly strong showing, leaning a little further than its predecessor into the ethereal realms. Needless to say, we were quite pleased to see evidence of a forthcoming third effort land heftily in the midst of our promo pit. Seeds will be released at the end of April, and the first single, "Dawn of Man," is available now for yer listening pleasure.
Both the trippy cover art and "Dawn of Man" itself indicate a continuation of the trend of hypnotic instrumentation. The riffs are hooky and cyclical, falling into themselves with mammothian heft. Like unto the best of the modern doom world, there's a distinct physicality to the track--it pushes and pulls the listener, leaving no avenue for escape. The howl-from-the-void vocal delivery only adds to a sense of vastness. In other words: it sounds damn good. If this sounds like your kind of music, you should probably check it out.
Says vocalist/bassist Martin Wegeland: "The first single, 'Dawn of Man' from our forthcoming new album represents the sound of the physical rebuilding of human civilization. We need new places of worship, cleansed of fear, hate, and everything else that corrodes a society. The idea is a kind of modern pyramids, utopian 'audiodomes', and this song represents the construction phase of these. We went for a mechanical yet earthy feel, based on this rolling, neck-breaking drum beat that just keeps moving. It should feel like being in the middle of a crowd full of clenched fists wielding sledgehammers, unable to stand still. Seeds was written specifically to be performed live, with all songs to not only be heard, but also felt. Since that is not really an option right now, we wanted to capture the multi-sensory experience of a live show in the most efficient way. With increased restrictions here in Sweden, we decided to record a practice space performance and then trip it out to channel the sensory overload that an ideal live experience provides. With this video, we wanted to fill the void somehow, but we can hardly wait until we're able to play in front of actual people again."
3. Into Orbit
4. Dawn of Man
6. Krank Blekhet
Domkraft - Seeds will be released April 30th from the illustrious Magnetic Eye Records. Check out the pre-sale here!
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