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A Dead Forest Index — In All That Drifts from Summit Down (April 29, 2016)

A Dead Forest Index — In All That Drifts from Summit Down (April 29, 2016)

 A Dead Forest Index — In All That Drifts from Summit Down A Dead Forest Index — In All That Drifts from Summit Down (April 29, 2016)Location: London, UK ~ Melbourne, Victoria, Australia ~ Auckland, New Zealand
Album release: April 29, 2016
Record Label: Sargent House
Genre: Alternative, Indie Rock
Style: Acoustic, Alternative Rock, Ethereal, Post Rock
Duration:     41:38
01. Tide Walks      3:34
02. No Paths      3:57
03. Summit Down      3:34
04. Cast of Lines      3:06
05. Ringing Sidereal      4:14
06. Swims Out      0:46
07. In Greyness the Water      3:00
08. Silver Thread of Sun      3:52
09. Myth Retraced      3:40
10. Myriad      0:56
11. Sand Verse      3:32
12. Upon Dark Hills      2:50
13. Homage Old      5:02Personnel:
♠   Adam Sherry (vocals/guitar)
♠   Sam Sherry (drums/piano)
■   Worldwide Management — Sargent House
♠   Cello — Nicholas Jones
♠   Design, Layout — Jordan Dolheguy
♠   Engineer, Producer, Mixed by — Simon Gooding
♠   Guitar — Gemma Thompson (tracks: 9, 11), Simon Gooding (tracks: 2, 9, 11)
♠   Mastered by — Doug Henderson
♠   Other [Portrait] — Kentaro Takahashi
♠   Photography by — Kim Thue
♠   Written by, Voice, Drums, Piano, Percussion, Organ — Sam Sherry
♠   Written by, Voice, Guitar, Flute, Harmonium — Adam Sherry
■   Worldwide Management — Sargent House
■   Manager: Cathy Pellow
■   Assistant: Andrea CalderonREVIEW/INTERVIEW
New music to listen to this week: A Dead Forest Index
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Roisin O’Connor | Wednesday, 23 March 2016
★■♠   Nomadic duo A Dead Forest Index was originally the solo project of Adam Sherry; starting off in 2008 he then began collaborating with his brother Sam to form A Dead Forest Index.
♠■★   There’s a grand, sweeping momentum to their music: they craft songs that are incredibly intimate and stark to the point that they become quite unsettling.
♠★■   They cite influences as far–ranging as Romanian lăutari troupe Taraf de Haidouks to music of Indian and Andalusian origin, and most recently teamed up with Gemma Thompson of Savages for their latest track “Myth Retraced”, which we’re premiering here on The Independent.
What have you been listening to recently?
■★♠  We’ve been listening to the new Arvo Pärt release ‘Musica Selecta’ which is a beautiful collection recordings chosen by ECM producer Manfred Eicher.  Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 9, and Antony Hegarty’s collaboration with J Ralph ‘Manta Ray’ on repeat.
Myth Retraced’ is a stunning track — very stark — did anything in particular inspire it?
■♠★   For us the lyrical setting on one side is about constant travel, a kind of perpetual state of moving. On another side it touches upon a modern disconnect of mythology and meaning, and our relationship to that, especially inspired by the paintings of Cy Twombly, Mark Rothko and Anselm Kiefer.
What was the first gig you ever played, and what’s been the best so far?
■★♠  The first gig we ever played was an EP launch at the Tote in Melbourne in 2010. We had just re–located (to Melbourne from London) and formed the basis of our band in what was a completely new city for us. The thing I remember most is blasting Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan between sets, which we still love to do. A highlight performance for us would be for last years Station to Station Festival at the Barbican Centre. We composed a new work with Savages titled ‘In What I’m Seeing The Sun’ and performed this together in the special setting of the Barbican–s gallery space, with dancer/choreographer Fernanda Muñoz–Newsome. The event was structured with four performances across 2 nights, and was a very memorable and immersive experience. ■★♠  http://www.independent.co.uk/BIO
A DEAD FOREST INDEX // In All That Drifts From Summit Down
★■♠   “Landscapes both seen and felt, real and imagined, lie at the heart of In All That Drifts From Summit Down, the vast debut full–length release from nomadic duo A Dead Forest Index. Comprised of brothers Adam Sherry (vocals/guitar) and Sam Sherry (drums/piano), the group crafts ethereal and intensely intimate compositions that defy trends and labeling, instead shaping an aural experience as organic as it is unpredictable. Forsaking instrumental complexity in favor of richly dense vocals and an otherwise minimal palette, the band evokes heaviness with the atmosphere they create rather than through blunt force. Teaming–up with Sargent House on the heels of a recent European tour supporting label mate Chelsea Wolfe, A Dead Forest Index are poised to introduce their sound to a global audience in 2016.
♠■★   A Dead Forest Index was initially the solo project of Adam Sherry, begun in 2008. By 2010, it had evolved into a collaboration, with Sam Sherry supplying percussive depth to his brother’s distinctively hymnal approach to vocals, itself characterized by cyclical harmonies and experiments with drone. Untethered by place (or, for that matter, era), they’ve spent the past few years developing their sound, touring extensively between 2012–2014, and issuing the EPs “Antique” and “Cast of Lines” in the process. The latter was released by Jehnny Beth of Savages’ Pop Noire label, a precursor to the collaborative Savages/A Dead Forest Index composition and performance titled “In What I’m Seeing; the Sun” for the Barbican’s Station to Station Festival in 2015.■★♠   Though basing themselves periodically in locales as far–flung as Melbourne and London, the oceanic grandeur of A Dead Forest Index’s songs suggests a spiritual mooring in their homeland of New Zealand. Their influences are rich and untapped: the poetic, archaic ‘deep song’ of Indian and Andalusian origin, Romanian lăutari troupe Taraf de Haidouks, and the allegorical symbolism found in William Blake have all been cited as antecedents. The group have themselves been compared to The Velvet Underground with Nico, Scott Walker, Swans with Jarboe, and Antony and the Johnsons, to name a few.
★■♠   In All That Drifts From Summit Down, their debut album, is a testimony to the sublime divinity of nature and the cold reality of time’s passage. Unfolding over 13 tracks, the album imagines natural phenomena as poetic metaphor for the human condition, the lyrics evoking stone, cold air, unyielding emptiness and erosion, while the enveloping warmth of Adam Sherry’s layered, choral vocals makes for an intriguing contrast. “Cast of Lines” is a prime example of this, its rapturous “In all our currents / a fog upon the sea at night” mantra accompanied by little more than a strumming guitar. Sam Sherry’s steady rhythms propel some tracks, like “Tide Walks” and “No Paths”. “Ringing Sidereal”, on the other hand, unwinds more slowly, a dark cavern of a song with flickering sparks of percussion emerging only where necessary.  Occasionally swells of noise take shape. On “In Greyness the Water”, a slow–building churn buffers the repeating “In… fall… colour” chorus that penetrates through the cacophony like spires through fog. Savages guitarist Gemma Thompson guests on two tracks, providing a wiry undercurrent to the brilliant post punk stomp of “Myth Retraced”, before fortifying the processional stride of “Sand Verse”. In All That Drifts From Summit Down is a potent, compelling statement, an exercise in restraint and severity whose icy hue only accentuates the warmth at its core.
♠■★   A Dead Forest Index epitomize the possibilities of the modern age. Weaving threads of disparate influence from around the world into a captivating tapestry, the duo exemplify their own transience, producing mature, wholly inspired work unbound by time or place.” Written by Sonny Kay.
Bandcamp: https://adeadforestindex.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.adeadforestindex.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/adeadforestindex
They tour the following dates with Chelsea Wolfe:
■   Apr 24 ~ Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse
■   Apr 25 ~ Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
■   Apr 26 ~ Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar
■   Apr 29 ~ Dallas, TX @ Trees
■   Apr 30 ~ McAllen, TX @ Cine El Rey
■   May 02 ~ Memphis, TN @ The Hi–Tone
■   May 03 ~ Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade — Heaven
■   May 04 ~ Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
■   May 08 ~ Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
■   May 09 ~ New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
■   May 10 ~ Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
■   May 13 ~ Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
■   May 14 ~ Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
■   May 16 ~ Montreal, QB @ Theatre Fairmount
■   May 17 ~ Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
■   May 19 ~ Detroit, MI @ El Club
■   May 21 ~ Columbus, OH @ Ace Of Cups
■   May 22 ~ Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
■   May 25 ~ Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
■   May 26 ~ Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
■   May 28 ~ Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
■   May 29 ~ Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
■   June 01 ~ San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
■   June 02 ~ San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
■   June 07 ~ Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
■   June 08 ~ Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom■~■~■~■~■~■~■~■~■~■~■~■~■~■~■~■~■~■~■~■~■~■~■~■~■~■~■~

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