“The first thing that came to mind on this was to hone a sonic image of a hopeless and tortured darkness reaching out to static darkness with no hint of resolution.” – Mac Gollehon
Clrvynt is now streaming “A Corpse At Every Funeral,” an instrumental track hailing from Dendritic, the collaborative album between New York solo outfits GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE. The new single features trumpet by Mac Gollehon, who has performed on records by David Bowie, Miles Davis, Blondie, Onyx, Duran Duran, Madonna, and countless others.
GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE will independent release the album on Arbor Day – the holiday which celebrates and encourages planting and caring for trees — and the two acts will physically plant a tree for every preorder of the record placed.
Clrvynt offers with their premiere, “From the jump, the song is an ever-growing chasm of darkness and fear, instruments making themselves alien to the listener with the help of subtle backing effects. These sinister sounds swirl, generating a distant sound that is both enticing and terrifying. The combination makes it an unmistakably eerie and textural journey that you’ll want to dive into. Not to mention, the esteemed Mac Gollehon contributes trumpet throughout the entire track; this is a guy who’s played on over two-hundred gold and platinum-certified albums, with artists from Miles Davis and Blondie to the Rolling Stones and Duran Duran. Massive names, massive sounds.”
Gollehon states of the track “A Corpse At Every Funeral” with the song’s debut, “The first thing that came to mind on this was to hone a sonic image of a hopeless and tortured darkness reaching out to static darkness with no hint of resolution. Upon hearing the playback, I felt that image was successfully evoked. That to me was the starting point of a merging of realist anachronism.”
Stream GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE’s “A Corpse At Every Funeral” at Clrvynt RIGHT HERE.
New tracks from both GRIDFAILURE and MEGALOPHOBE were also just released on Death Season Six, a new compilation by experimental/noise label Darker Days Ahead, alongside Never Presence Forever, Dusthallowed, Teeth Engraved With The Names of The Dead, and many others. Download the album for FREE and by the limited CD HERE.
In January, Benjamin Levitt, aka, MEGALOPHOBE, traveled north of NYC to record source material for upcoming GRIDFAILURE recordings with that act’s founder David Brenner. The session quickly became an ambient, improv jam; as Levitt’s effects-laced accordion howled through the dim bunker, Brenner fed random loops and elements of keys, synth, guitar, Theremin, didgeridoo, pedal effects, and more into the mix. Nature/field recordings and contributions from several special guest musicians were added, including trumpet by Mac Gollehon (David Bowie, Miles Davis, Blondie, Onyx, Duran Duran), guitar by Liz Ciavarella-Brenner, Rob Levitt, and Christian Molenaar (Those Darn Gnomes), and field recordings from Jon Paris (Rack). A revision of GRIDFAIURE’s “Hostile Alchemist,” to which Levitt also contributed, is delivered in, “Die Feindlichen Alchemisten mit Glocken,” which features guest vocals by Friederike Schüür. Dendritic is completed with and immersive, abstract artwork/layout by Emily Vanderpol of Infinity Things Studios.
MEGALOPHOBE is contributing to tracks on GRIDFAILURE’s upcoming Teeth Collection and Drought Stick albums, and will release new solo material in the coming months. Both artists are already scheming on a second collaborative album, and will also begin performing live together this year.