[photo by Pascha Marrow]
See a teaser for BIG|BRAVE’s monolithic Ardor HERE
Montreal three-piece BIG|BRAVE has been simmering since their 2015 release Au De La, but their relentlessly experimental sound and kinetic creative energy has finally, and thankfully, boiled over with their forthcoming third album, Ardor, due out September 15th via Southern Lord.
Since their inception in 2012, BIG|BRAVE demonstrate the fluidity of experimental rock when elaborated into vast, abstract, and often hypnotic sounds, saturated in soul-baring emotion. The trio put everything into their music, until there’s nothing left to give. Their particular art in musical refinement expands ever gradually, unfurling into a very heavy, strong, and elevating force. As comfortable as they are with tidal waves of sound, BIG|BRAVE is unafraid to experiment with silence, oscillating between sparse, gentle arrangements and deep swells of noise.
As with their previous release, Ardor was recorded a the Hotel2Tango, this time by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (of Jerusalem In My Heart). Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra), who was a special guest on Au De La, played violin on all of the three new tracks and Thierry Amar (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) played contrabass on two of the tracks.
Watch a teaser video, which features a clip from the new song “Borer,” HERE.
While the teaser barely tips one minute, it speaks volumes regarding what’s to come in BIG|BRAVE’s next endeavor; swirling static, booming guitars, powerful drums—all the hallmarks that have made them one of experimental rock’s most exciting acts today. With just three songs that clock in for a forty-minute-long LP, BIG|BRAVE has adopted a nearly unbearable level of urgency and intensity that weaves throughout Ardor.
Look for Ardor to be released on September 15th via Southern Lord. Stand by for additional album and tour news in the weeks ahead.
“Montreal’s genre-defying post-rock combo BIG|BRAVE could very well be the most noteworthy recent heavy curiosity to come out of the city in recent years.” – Noisey
“…combines elements of Björk, Neurosis, The White Stripes, and Sunn O))) into a cohesive whole; but this whole is an ever evolving and challenging sonic mass. – The Quietus
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