Today Pitchfork.com hosts the exclusive premiere of “Starless Midnight” from celestial doom doers IDES OF GEMINI. The tune comes off of the eclectic West Coast trio’s forthcoming new full-length, Constantinople. Called “darkly beautiful” by Pitchfork, the nine-track offering was produced by IDES OF GEMINI and engineered and mixed by Chris Rakestraw (Danzig, Skeletonwitch) at Sunset Lodge Recording in Los Angeles
Notes guitarist/backing vocalist J. Bennett of the first single: “‘Starless Midnight’ was the last song written for Constantinople, but it might be our current favorite. I wrote the music while flat on my back on a sofa bed because I couldn’t walk at the time — long story. I nicked the title from a line in Martin Luther King’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, which he delivered in Oslo, Norway, on December 10, 1964. The lyrics have nothing to do with Dr. King, though. They were written by [vocalist/bassist] Sera, who I’m sure would prefer to leave the meaning open to interpretation. But I think I can safely say that it’s a song about being in the dark.”
Hear the track and drift away at THIS LOCATION.
IDES OF GEMINI will take their ethereal odes to the stage later this month on a handful of dates that include their previously announced spot on the Los Angeles stop of the long-anticipated Decibel Magazine Tour with Behemoth, Watain, The Devil’s Blood and In Solitude, as well as an official record release show on May 29 at the Bootleg Theatre in Los Angeles. More info available HERE.
IDES OF GEMINI 2012:
4/14/2012 The Smell – Los Angeles, CA w/ MOAB, Lantvrn
4/15/2012 Blue Café – Long Beach, CA w/ Alcest
4/20/2012 Alex’s Bar – Long Beach, CA w/ Black Elk, Totimoshi
4/25/2012 House Of Blues – Hollywood, CA w/ Behemoth, Watain, The Devil’s Blood, In Solitude
5/29/2012 Bootleg Theatre – Los Angeles, CA *record release show w/ VUM, The Nocturnes
Constantinople is set for North American release via Neurot Recordings on May 29, 2012. The record will also issued on vinyl and cassette by Sige Records.
“Sera Timms’ voice is a national treasure. It’s a reverb-soaked choir of 4AD ghosts floating over scratchy guitars. Burzum scoring a spaghetti western. This stuff gives me chills.” – Decibel
“…music that calls to mind deserts and tundras, angry ghosts emerging from the ether.” – RVA Mag