Sunday, August 5, 2012


Sleeplessness and paranoia becoming one.  The night, cruel and endless, filled with voices and shadows, screaming, voiding, whispering with callousness and declaration.  Reality fading, collapsing, constructing, reinvoking.  The architectures changing within themselves, rearranging, becoming oblique and unknowable.  Lights blurring, colors dissolving, bleeding into one long and desperate parade of monotony.
Episiotomist and Lindskold reconstruct the idea of insomnia on this shared double album.
Episiotomist's composition "Insomnihil" illustrates the influence of modernity on the suffering psyche, a crushing wash of disembodied voices and feedback stretched into one of the more haunting and extreme "ambient" compositions ever put to tape.  Lindskold's piece "Fractured Isolationism" embraces the hallucinogenic aspect of the ailment, turning in a composition more grounded in standard Merzbowian rock aestheticism that gradually becomes a paean to waking exhaustion and burnout.  Together the two records form a harrowing exploration of the restless mind.
Altar Of Waste is extremely pleased to release this collaboration.  Conceptualized by both artists, each record draws from personal bouts with insomnia and helps explain the prolific need to create demonstrated by so many within the genre.  On a personal note, the Episiotomist record is one of the most beautiful demonstrations of power ambience I've heard, and it is an honor to put it out.  Packaged in a DVD case with super minimalist artwork assembled by Cory Strand and released in a limited edition of 15 hand-numbered copies.  $15 ppd. in the United States, $23 rest of world.


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