“The song is about perseverance in the face of suffocating hopelessness and somehow finding the strength to transform fear into belief in oneself. This sense of forward momentum shrouded in uncertainty is at the core of the album’s concept.” — THE NIGHT WATCH
Canadian progressive instrumental quartet THE NIGHT WATCH, featuring Musk Ox guitarist and Agalloch collaborator Nathanael Larochette and violinist Evan Runge (also of Musk Ox), will release their long-awaited third full-length this November, An Embarrassment Of Riches.
Seven years in the making, THE NIGHT WATCH‘s An Embarrassment Of Riches is a seventy-two-minute instrumental conceptual epic. Work on the album preceded their second release Boundaries (2016) but the band decided they needed more time to allow the music to develop. Much like the looming peaks adorning the gorgeous cover courtesy of UK artist Alice Duke (Cormorant, Avenging Force), An Embarrassment Of Riches is a towering and richly detailed journey through external and internal landscapes, where post, progressive, black, doom, and folk metal weave their way through a tapestry of post-rock, folk, jazz, and classical textures expertly sewn together by virtuoso violinist Runge and company. From cavernous valleys of solitude and paranoia, to soaring peaks of transcendence and affirmation, the turmoil and triumph one would imagine facing on an isolated land mass are herein expressed through harrowing tales of dynamic sound, carrying listeners on a wordless journey to the root and summit of human experience.
In advance of its release, BrooklynVegan offers up the first preview of this stunning work with “Mendoza.” Issues Larochette of the track, “An Embarrassment Of Riches was never intended to be a concept record but as the music was being written, a story slowly began to unfold. Each time another composition was completed, a new piece of the puzzle would reveal itself. The story loosely follows a nameless explorer who finds themselves shipwrecked on a seemingly deserted island. Whereas the first track depicts the beginning of the (mis)adventure to sea and the chaos that ensues, ‘Mendoza’ finds the explorer awakening on the island, shipwrecked and abandoned, forced to face an overwhelmingly perilous situation without being crushed by the weight of their own doubt and loneliness. The song is about perseverance in the face of suffocating hopelessness and somehow finding the strength to transform fear into belief in oneself. This sense of forward momentum shrouded in uncertainty is at the core of the album’s concept.”
Stream THE NIGHT WATCH’s “Mendoza,” exclusively at BrooklynVegan, at THIS LOCATION.
An Embarrassment Of Riches will be self-released digitally November 15th with a physical edition to follow. For preorders, visit THE NIGHT WATCH Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION.
An Embarrassment Of Riches Track Listing:
1. Land Ho!
3. The Summit (Part I)
4. Dance Of The Mountain People
6. Telling Brow And Tongue Root
7. The Summit (Part II)
Since releasing their eclectic self-titled debut in 2013, THE NIGHT WATCH have proven themselves a creative and evolving musical force, allowing genres to act as mere sign posts on their instrumental explorations. Having performed alongside progressive titans such as Unexpect, Leprous, and Trioscapes, THE NIGHT WATCH continues to carve their own ever-shifting space in the world of forward reaching music. Continuing said momentum, their second album Boundaries was released to wide acclaim in 2016. Consisting of a single thirty-six-minute song, Boundaries was heralded by Heavy Blog Is Heavy as “…a masterfully crafted tapestry…,” and selected by Invisible Oranges as one of the most overlooked albums of 2016. Carrying this momentum to the present, THE NIGHT WATCH are proud to announce their third album An Embarrassment Of Riches, their most mature and ambitious work to date.