IIVII is pleased to unveil the apocalyptic new video for “MineBlackHeart.” Now playing at Treble, the track comes by way of the Obsidian EP, set for release for the first time on vinyl via Belgium’s Consouling Sounds June 12th (Record Store Day).
Led by Josh Graham – visual artist, multi- instrumentalist, and electro-acoustic composer best known for his work with Neurosis, Red Sparowes, Battle Of Mice, and A Storm Of Light – IIVII embodies everything Consouling Sounds stands for. Graham focuses on enigmatic cinematic atmospheres, exploring elements of electronica, classical, ambient, drone, and vaporwave that ultimately culminate to a fully immersive listening experience.
Notes Graham of the “MineBlackHeart” video, “The central musical theme in this song was taken from the score for the behind-the-scenes documentary for Darren Aronofsky’s film, Mother!. In the scene, Javier Bardem is pulling out Jennifer Lawrence’s heart, which was transformed into a brittle obsidian-like material. Javier’s character crushes it in his hands. That mood is prevalent through the entire track, a kind of hallucinatory tribute to the understated madness of that scene. The video continues the mood using found-footage.”
Adds Treble, “‘MineBlackHeart’ features imagery of dancers and graffiti artists between bleak and beautiful shots of birds, snakes, crumbling structures, and an abandoned power plant. It’s a gorgeously apocalyptic clip for a gracefully harrowing piece of music.”
View IIVII’s “MineBlackHeart” video at Treble at THIS LOCATION.
Initially released on CD in 2019 via Consouling Sounds, Obsidian leaves behind the science fiction themes of IIVII’s first two full length albums and instead explores and reworks Graham’s original score for the behind-the-scenes documentary, Mother! The Downward Spiral, which details the making of Darren Aronofsky’s film, Mother!. Where IIVII has previously been a synth and midi-project, Obsidian takes on a more organic approach with the inclusion of more traditional instruments. IIVII here has respawned thematically as well, shifting more towards a dystopian nightmare laced with societal criticisms around the fringes giving his art and music another layer of urgency.
In conjunction with the release of Obsidian, Consouling Sounds will host a special pre-recorded IIVII livestream at www.deconsole.be Saturday, June 12th where the record can also be purchased. The event is FREE! RSVP at THIS LOCATION.
This year’s Record Store Day will be all about the world of IIVII. A perfect moment to redeem what was cancelled by Covid. A time to sit down, look, and listen. You’re invited to join in this extraordinary universe.
“… [a] transcendental sonic portal…” – Cvlt Nation
“Obsidian demands the listener’s attention…[it] is impossible to ignore. As such, it provides a haunting soundtrack to your day – or night – for its full thirty-four minutes, and leaves its mark long after it has finished. Embrace it.” – Echoes And Dust