"fifteen winters have passed since my first encounter with the fox. above the fox was white moth, glowing and majestic. scant sleep and a series of startling daydreams have run their delusory course, yet the moth has me focused still, on a distant light. this album is the culmination of those fifteen visionary winters; a milestone on an indefinite journey, much of which is documented here- a series of deeply intimate works crafted with the help of those that have inspired my own growth and musical bloodflow for its duration- which I now entrust to you. lucid dreaming, dark star, and may you be forever drawn to the white light.
texas, march 2010"
The story of the White Moth began 15 years ago. In a REM cycle, maybe, or a lucid moment of acute mental unrest. It was immediately obvious that the Moth was unhindered by those supersensory barriers that (seem to) cleave the disparate planes of consciousness. For all R. Loren knew, the Moth could occupy any or all of the dimensions, separately or at once. It was simultaneously an insect, a metaphor; a homing beacon with which to navigate the imperatives of the cosmic subconscious. So Loren followed the Moth through the cycles, the planes, the patterns; to the far-flung corners of ephemeral cognizance and lingering, substantive reality.
At some point during June of 2009, the Moth led back to something that resembled the beginning—the first flower, the stirrings of artistic impulse. To a cluster of tangled roots that formed the basis of a highly specific musical inspiration. To Alec Empire of Atari Teenage Riot. To Shelby Cinca of Frodus. To Lydia Lunch. The journey continued unabated, charting a course through the faraway locales occupied by kindred spirits like Colin Marston (Krallice), Ashley Scott Jones (Treasure Fingers, Evol Intent), Sam Hillmer (Zs), Jacob Kirkegaard (Touch Records), Christoph Heeman (H.N.A.S.), Dälek, C. Rogers, John Gossard (Weakling/Asunder) and [artwork by] Chet W. Scott (Blood Of The Black Owl/Glass Throat Recordings).
All of whom lent their considerable talents to White Moth’s self-titled debut.
And so it follows: Fast on the feathered heels of his Sailors With Wax Wings project, Pyramids mastermind R. Loren steps across the fold with something completely unlike his previous work. Well, maybe not completely unlike. The sonic linchpins are there, albeit in trance states of perpetual metamorphosis. In this case: frenzied breakbeats, whirring black metal guitars, gaping celestial caverns and hair-trigger hyper-melodies, all punctuated by cavalcades of digitized psychic terror, saxophone jags and dense sheets of whipsaw electronics. The White Moth spans idioms and screeches across margins; it loops and dives, wheels and cranes. Generally (but not exclusively) at top fucking speed.
All told, White Moth is a sonic experience that not only demands but somehow compels total immersion. Meanwhile, the Moth itself—the beacon, the metaphor—continues on its journey through the vapor.
released October 12, 2010
r. loren- vocals, textures
c. rogers- vocals
ashley scott jones- beats, electronics
colin marston- guitar, bass
sam hillmer- saxophone
jacob kirkegaard- processed field recording
christoph heemann- additional guitar, piano, electronics on 1, prepared piano, electronics and misc. percussion on 2, moog on 3.
lydia lunch- vocals on 4
dälek- vocals on 4
alec empire- vocals, tr 808, linndrum, roland jupiter 8, roland rs-202, arp solina, arp 2600, minimoog on 7
shelby cinca- vocals on 3 and 6
john gossard- vocals on 8
produced by r. loren and colin marston
mixed by colin marston at menegroth
mastered by james plotkin
art, design, photography by chet w. scott
guitar and bass recorded @ menegroth by colin marston
dälek vocals recorded @ deadverse studios, union city, nj
r. loren + c. rogers recorded @ the red square, texas
alec empire recorded @ hellish vortex, berlin
shelby cinca vocals recorded @ welfare sounds, gothenburg, sweden by per stålberg
One of the most original pieces of music made in 2015, the record really has a character of its own. Uniquely mysterious, yet deeply affecting once listening is invested (there are many layers here, the production and arrangement are acing it). Generates feelings which vary from ecstatic to subdued, majestic to dysmal, hope-injecting to despair-inducing. Sometimes it feels like flying, sometimes it feels like you are alone in a hugely vast area, looking at the sky.
It's a bit like darkness and light constantly moving through each other, not really colliding. Can't really pick a favourite track, but the glacially-moving, ambience-in-outer-space outro of Indigo Birds is really da shit spiros_metsouggis
Answers the question of where Krallice would go after "Years Past Matter." Completely unclassifiable, the songs are simultaneously compact and complex. The playing and musicanship is breathtaking... "Wastes of Ocean" into "Over Spirit" being a prime example. It must also be said that Mick Barr is a badass motherfucker all over this album. "Agony in collective ignorance/Called upon by thyself/Thyself being a part of all life/In the sickness/Quarantined in pure paranoia" Pretty prophetic, right? bcb723