New York solo outfits GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE will issue their Dendritic collaborative album on Arbor Day, as the artists begin planting trees across the NYC/lower Hudson Valley region in conjunction with its release. Advancing the album, BlowTheScene.com is exclusively streaming the album’s closing track, “Coils Of Rope Still Sway From The Timbers.”
From its more tranquil, ambient beginning tracks, Dendritic gradually takes on turbulent and demoralizing attributes as it nears its horrifying finale. GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE offer with the new track, “Like a crumbling sea shanty, the opening accordion line fades with an unstable lilt under layers of cold electronics; a mood that inspired the title, taken from a description of the remains of a long sunken ship, slowly decaying in mineral rich waters. Brenner and Levitt alternate verses of abused and decomposed vocals, ghostly screams, the last curses of sailors going down with their ship — no singalong (you wouldn’t want to). ‘Coils…’ drifts, not without form but neither with definite shape, taking its time at the bottom, quiet never peaceful.”
Hear GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE’s “Coils Of Rope Still Sway From The Timbers” at BlowTheScene.com at THIS LOCATION.
Also stream “A Corpse At Every Funeral” featuring Mac Gollehon at Clrvynt RIGHT HERE, and “Niche Differentiation” with preorders – each of which plants a tree — at GRIDFAILURE’s Bandcamp HERE and MEGALOPHOBE’s Bandcamp HERE.
What started in in improv recording session between the two soloists, Dendritic by GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE ebbs with elements of mellow prog and jazz, ambient soundscapes, experimental noise, and more. utilizing guitars, accordion, keyboards, analog synth, mbira, theremin, didgeridoo, trumpet, vocals, effects, and field recordings, and a variety of ambient vocal styles. Guest contributions include 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.
New tracks from both MEGALOPHOBE and GRIDFAILURE were also just released on Death Season Six, a compilation by DIY 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 buy the limited CD HERE.
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.