INSECT ARK founder Dana Schechter (Swans) will host Gimme Radio’s guest DJ special this Friday, February 21st! The show comes in advance of the instrumental psychedelic doom duo’s forthcoming new full-length, The Vanishing, set for release February 28th via Profound Lore.
INSECT ARK: Gimme Radio Guest DJ Airdates:
Premieres Friday, February 21st at 3:00pm EST/12:00pm PST
Reairing Sunday, February 23rd at 1:00pm EST/10:00 am PST and Monday, February 24th 11:00am EST/8:00am PST.
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INSECT ARK has been crafting uncomfortable soundscapes that feel both intimate and icy cold since 2011. Nightmarish horror film-like visions, outer space travel, and gritty noir textures were explored in their previous offerings — the much-praised Portal / Well (2015) and Marrow Hymns (2018) — but now, something far greater is coming. Prepare for The Vanishing.
Engineered by Colin Marston (Dysrhythmia, Krallice, Behold The Arctopus), The Vanishing serves as INSECT ARK’s third and most harrowing record to date. Though many of its segments veer off into mind-expanding outer realms, the interplay between the bass, lap steel guitar, synths, and drums represent a strong and defiant collection of songs that demand your exclusive attention forcefully. It’s heavier, darker, and denser than anything INSECT ARK has ever done, without losing any of the writing characteristics that have become synonymous with their personality like the persistent coating of eerie psychedelia, the alien feel of their melodies, or the ominous dread they often innately exhale.
The intensity, determination, and dedication poured into the album is clearly audible, captured by Marston’s engineering wizardry. The sound was steered in a visceral, organic direction; you feel enclosed within a living, pulsating, slithering organism. The album artwork, a stunning painting by French artist Sonia Merah, is in and of itself a work of art, but when paired with the sounds of The Vanishing, it becomes a truly haunting and mesmerizing vision of some terribly twisted alternate reality.
Sample previously release tracks “Philae” and “Tectonic” below.
INSECT ARK will play a special double record release show on February 26th with their comrades in NYC avant/experimental outfit Gnaw, who are preparing to release their new EP Barking Orders. Sponsored by Gimme Radio, the special performance will take place at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York, and is immediately followed by INSECT ARK’s departure for a tour through Europe and the UK. Additional North American and European tour dates will be announced in the Fall.
2/26/2020 The Vanishing Record Release Show @ Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Gnaw
3/06/2020 Fuzz – Athens, GR
3/10/2020 Cafe Central – Brussels, BE
3/11/2020 The Lanes – Bristol, UK
3/12/2020 Electrowerkz – London, UK
3/14/2020 Mutabor, Rabitza Spring – Moscow, RU
3/16/2020 Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE
3/18/2020 MTC – Cologne, DE
3/20/2020 Gaswerk – Winterhur, CH
3/22/2020 Kulturak – Bratislava, SL
3/23/2020 Klubnova – Prague, CZ
3/25/2020 Chmury – Warsaw, PL
3/26/2020 DK Luksus – Wroclaw, PL
A New York City-based multi-instrumentalist known for her collaborations with Swans (for whom she is now part of the main touring lineup), Angels Of Light, Gnaw, Zeal & Ardor, Wrekmeister Harmonies, and Årabrot, as well as her own projects Bee And Flower and Gifthorse, Dana Schechter is now joined by former SubRosa drummer Andy Patterson, also known for his bands DØNE, the Otolith, INVADRS, and as owner/operator of Salt Lake City recording studio The Boar’s Nest. This partnership appears to have completely nailed the true essence of INSECT ARK. After a quick first meeting, within a period of two short months, Schechter and Patterson finished preparing all the new songs for The Vanishing, preceded by a full North American tour with Oranssi Pazuzu to get the new songs up to speed.