SNARES OF SIXES – the exploratory and ever-evolving collective of artists and musicians led by Jason Walton of Agalloch, Sculptured, and more – presents its MoonBladder LP, set for release this Friday through Nefarious Industries and Transcending Records. With the record days from release, Decibel Magazine is hosting the exclusive premiere of the album-length video for the single thirty-minute movement.
Jason Walton is best known as the bassist for Agalloch, in addition to playing with Sculptured, Dolven, Celestiial, Poisoning Wave, and Sleepchains, among others. In recent years, the multi-instrumentalist has returned to composing experimental and ambient music under his own name, as well as through SNARES OF SIXES, where he is joined by a cast of collaborators. A single thirty-minute movement, MoonBladder sees the ensemble painting with a wide brush yet creating highly detailed and intricate music that lends itself to deep listening and patience. Immersive and cinematic, the record dips its pen in the electronics of mid-period Ulver, ambient/noise passages, meditations on field recordings and guitar, cavernous vocal passages, and more.
Conceived, assembled, arranged, and constructed by Jason Walton, SNARES OF SIXES‘ MoonBladder was recorded in various locations all over the world, its impressive cast of guest collaborators including Marius Sjøli (Sculptured, Fauna Timbre), Robert Hunter (Occulted Sound), Martti Hill (Barrowlands, Sculptured), Don Anderson (Agalloch, Sculptured), Toby Driver (Kayo Dot, Asva), Ron Varod (Kayo Dot, Psalm Zero), Ramin Hosseinabad, Peter Lee (Lawnmower Deth), Lauren Viera, (Dreadnought), Andy Winter (Winds, Age Of Silence), and Nick Wusz (Dolven).
MoonBladder was mixed by Jason Walton at Earth In Sound Studios, mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate, Sunn O))), Merzbow), and completed with a cover painting by Bridget Bellavia and layout/design by Marius Sjøli. A psychedelic video for the entire movement was directed by David Brenner (Gridfailure), which merges footage from multiple band members.
Walton reveals, “MoonBladder is an exploration into the relationship between human bodies, and celestial bodies. With this record I am taking that link one step further and anthropomorphizing the object in the sky that people have the most connection with: the Moon. The Moon has been the subject of legends, and of fables. It has been called the catalyst for Lycanthropy, as well as menstruation, and brings the oceans to life with the rising and falling of the tides. With this record, I imagine what it must be like if the Moon had limbs and organs that fail and decay, only to enter the Earth’s atmosphere and eventually fall into our forests and oceans.”
Decibel interrogated Walton about MoonBladder, the feature adjoining their exclusive premiere of the half-hour-long video offering in part, “…Walton looks to the lesser-explored ends of his own unexpected discography. On upcoming full-length album MoonBladder, what once was a 25-minute MIDI doom metal cover of Rush’s ‘Red Barchetta’ turns into an abstract soundscape, filled with the sounds of rattling bed frames, mutated guitar solos, and a particularly stirring sung passage by Kayo Dot mastermind Toby Driver.”
Immerse yourself in SNARES OF SIXES’ sprawling thirty-minute MoonBladder film first only through Decibel Magazine now at THIS LOCATION.
Watch for additional insight on the making of MoonBladder and more to be posted over the weeks ahead.