Following Robert Pollard’s nonchalant announcement last month that he will release three Guided By Voices albums “every year forever,” Prurient’s Dominick Fernow has tacitly confirmed a similar, if more foreboding, promise that he’ll be releasing at least three albums every year until the day the Earth is consumed in fire.
On February 25, Blackest Ever Black will be putting out Prurient’s Through the Window. With this release following Raime’s excellent Quarter Turns Over a Living Line from last year, Blackest Ever Black have cemented their position as “record label I’d be most scared of meeting in a dark alley.”
Through a Window consists of three songs recorded around the same time as 2011’s Bermuda Drain and Time’s Arrow, and it’s reportedly consistent with Fernow’s recent shift away from straight noise. Here’s what Blackest Ever Black says about it:
The three pieces featured on Through The Window, including the 18-minute title track, also represent the ultimate expression of Fernow’s affection for European techno forms, and his ability to apply them to his own uniquely lacerating purpose. Unlike his claustrophobic, inward-looking work as Vatican Shadow, this material is widescreen, open, expansive. Nonetheless the goal is exorcism and self-knowledge, not ecstasy. Through The Window is, at bottom, a work of true SM electronics. Music to listen to at night, in the hills, watching as headlights approach.
Check out “You Show Great Spirit” here:
In addition to the Prurient album, we’ve also got two dark-ambient releases from (the supposedly anonymous) Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement to look forward to. The first is a vinyl reissue by (surprise, surprise) Blackest Ever Black of last year’s Hospital Productions tape Black Magic Cannot Cross Water. According to Blackest Ever Black, the album was “[sourced] from a box of cassettes found at a market in Port Moresby, and thought to be recorded some time in the 1980s by a group of Christian missionaries shortly prior to their still unexplained disappearance.” It’s out in March.
The other release, as Fernow’s own Hospital Productions informs us, is a limited-run three-cassette package, including pieces titled “The Plant With Many Faces” and “Folklore Venom.” It’s available in a 99-copy run from Hospital, and in addition to “over 80 minutes of chance to the green devil,” it comes with a t-shirt and a full-size booklet.
Here’s to the Earth eventually being consumed in fire!
• Prurient: http://prurient.bandcamp.com
• Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement: http://hospitalproductions.net/category/releases
• Blackest Ever Black: http://blackesteverblack.blogspot.com
• Hospital Productions: http://hospitalproductions.net