While we Villagefolk are all-too-oft content to snooze whilst wrapped in the suffocating embrace of music's more extreme edges, a little diversification in the genre department can go a long way. I, for one, am a big fan of the murky and ill-defined worlds of dark ambient and experimental electronic--particularly when the artist in question plays with expectations in a, well, unexpected fashion.
Enter Emerson Sinclair--classically trained, but since described as "quietly metal as fuck,"--who combines seemingly incompatible elements of dark synth, rock, baroque, electronic, and traditional liturgical. Just the level of experimentation we needed to wake us from slumber. Needless to say, this combination of sounds and influences is a melding that is better witnessed than clumsily described. As such, we're happy and honored to premiere here today the music video for Emerson Sinclair "Singularity." This arresting track is the second single from the forthcoming Never Without The Pentagram, a split collaboration between the genre-melding artist featured here today, and cello-based black metal ensemble Hvile I Kaos.
Without further ado: check out the video below! We'll meet you on the other side.
While the overtly red tone and contrasting environs of shadowy interior and overexposed exterior make for a video that sets the viewer on edge, there's something so...comfortably chilling about this tune. The synth marches relentlessly, waxing and waning with just enough subtly to maintain a level of intrigue. The distinctly baroque elements at play meld and clash with the electronics in a way that is simultaneously natural and...decidedly not. It's an engaging trick: over the past few days, I have found myself randomly humming along to the vague footprints of melody left imprinted in my brain. All the while, the vocals are high and lofty, hanging to the instrumentation like a helium balloon on a fraying tether. As it hits its peak, "Singularity" builds to a conclusive vibration--which, within the span of a few short seconds, constructs an unsettling all-encompassing atmosphere. Eardrums throb. Roll credits.
"Singularity" is deceptively intense--a production that feels significantly larger than the component sonic parts. The risks one runs when experimenting and eschewing genre conventions are, frankly, not represented here. Rather than feeling like a random collection of random sounds, this track works. What Emerson Sinclair hath wrought feels new, which is something I seldom get to say in good faith.
Given the experimental nature of tracks such as "Singularity," Never Without The Pentagram is a bold new direction for Metal Assault Records. That said, I am happy to report, this split works remarkably well as a cohesive piece, particularly given the seemingly disparate elements. If yer suitably intrigued, Never Without The Pentagram is available for preorder here, and the first single (from Hvile I Kaos) can be viewed here.
Hvile I Kaos / Emerson Sinclair - Never Without The Pentagram will be released July 10th from Metal Assault Records
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