Today marks the official release of Nocturnal Transmission, the latest EP from atmospheric sludge rock unit, THE WHITE SWAN.
Spearheaded by Kittie’s Mercedes Lander alongside Kira Longeuay and Shane Jeffers (Bloodmoon Collective), Nocturnal Transmission delivers over twenty minutes of sprawling, melodic sound waves Revolver Magazine crowns, “a gauzy, atmospheric brand of sludgy doomgaze.” Elsewhere, Toilet Ov Hell hails, “a brand of passion doom that is truly captivating,” while Rock And Roll Fables champions Lander for “channeling her inner [Melissa] Auf der Maur,” and likening the EP duration to, “a spiritual experience.”
Stream THE WHITE SWAN’s Nocturnal Transmission EP at THIS LOCATION.
View the band’s previously released videos for Tracy Bonham cover “Tell It To The Sky” and “In Love And Ritual” BELOW.
Nocturnal Transmission will be released digitally and on limited edition vinyl via War Crime Recordings. For orders go to THIS LOCATION.
In December 2019, THE WHITE SWAN recorded three songs and a cover of what can only be described as love songs. Lander has penned lyrics that chronicle the joy, desire, longing, and eventual feeling of completeness that comes with a romantic relationship. From the night drives through the snow in the early days, right through to the handcrafted guitar built as a wedding gift from her now husband, the intricacies of true love permeate every moment of Nocturnal Transmission.
Reprising a long-time creative relationship with producer Siegfried Meier, Lander felt both at home and re-energized by the familiarity and collaborative nature of their work. Recording took just two days, retaining many of the hallmarks of THE WHITE SWAN‘s earlier output, but adding a slightly polished sheen to proceedings. With vocal layering and touches of psychedelic synths adding textural elements to the songs, the result is an enveloping experience of fuzzed out guitars and molasses-like melody. Describing Nocturnal Transmission as a “turning point” for the band, the album art by collage artist Caitlyn Grabenstein reflects the feeling of standing on the precipice, staring into the unknown. Acknowledging that there will always be a constant sound to THE WHITE SWAN, Lander states that their main intention is to “grow and grow.” With an ever-developing sound and a solid combination of creative musicians in their ranks, Nocturnal Transmission is the latest in what is sure to be an ever expanding back catalog of triumphs.
“…a gauzy, atmospheric brand of sludgy doomgaze…” – Revolver
“THE WHITE SWAN is the project fronted by Kittie drummer Mercedes Lander, and while Kittie hailed from the early 2000s nu metal scene and went on to dabble in groove and death metal, alt-rock, and more, THE WHITE SWAN are more of the psychedelic, atmospheric post-metal variety – fans of Neurosis, Kylesa, Hum, Deftones, etc. should take note.” – BrooklynVegan
“THE WHITE SWAN sees ex-kittie drummer channeling her inner Auf der Maur… Listening through the debut EP…is akin to a spiritual experience, wrapped up in a dreamstate surrounded by heavy guitars, stirring synths, and a robust rhythm section…” – Rock And Roll Fables
“…THE WHITE SWAN rumbles your guts, rattles your bones… THE WHITE SWAN crafts a brand of passion doom that is truly captivating.” – Toilet Ov Hell
“THE WHITE SWAN delivers expansive songs driven by heavy guitar riffs and smooth vocals. The tempos are slow and deliberate, with the judicious use of synths adding depth and atmosphere, especially on ‘Purple.'” – Heavy Music HQ