Posts Tagged ‘aaron turner’

Album of the day: Sumac – What One Becomes

Posted on Friday, July 15th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Last Rites: Say what you want about Aaron Turner, just don’t call him lazy. Since the dissolution of his band Isis in 2010, Turner has found plenty of ways to keep himself occupied, most of which involve creating excellent music and art.

Since relocating from LA to the seclusion of Vashon Island, Turner has continued to churn out a variety of thought-provoking, challenging music with a regularity that’s nearly inhuman. Between Old Man Gloom, Mammifer (with wife Faith Coloccia), Split Cranium, and now Sumac, Turner has been the primary driving force behind no less than nine full-length releases plus EPs and collaborations since 2011, in addition to running two separate labels.

Sumac - What One Becomes

His prolific output only seems to be accelerating with the 2016 release of Sumac’s newest record, What One Becomes. This release comes only 16 months after the release of their debut LP, 2015’s excellent The Deal. Sumac, which originated and gestated with Turner, developed into a fully-fledged project with the inclusion of Vancouver-based drummer Nick Yacyshyn. The band enlisted the help of omnipresent producer Kurt Ballou of Converge to produce their new record. This LP also saw the involvement of session bassist Brian Cook as an integral part of the songwriting process.

What One Becomes is a challenging yet rewarding listen that makes no concessions to the casual listener, likely a conscious decision by Turner, who has professed in interviews that the primary objective of the LP was a critical self-examination of individuation and personal anxiety. The major musical devices used here are dissonance and tension, with rarely a transition to any measurable resolution. Instead, songs rely on the seemingly telepathic abilities of Yacyshyn, Turner, and Cook to weave their way through dense and forceful compositions featuring myriad rhythmic and melodic digressions.

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Noisey / Vice Premiere: Mr.Roadburn, The Full Documentary

Posted on Monday, May 12th, 2014

Noisey / Vice shot a documentary about Roadburn at this year’s festival, called Mr. Roadburn. The doc is not only a portrait of Walter as Roadburn‘s artistic director, it’s also a fitting testament to the festival itself – Jurgen talks about Roadburn‘s origins, it honors the bands, the Roadburn aesthetic, […]

Album of the day: Jodis – Black Curtain

Posted on Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Hammer Smashed Sound: In case you’re not familiar with this project, Jodis consists of Aaron Turner (Isis, Mamiffer, Old Man Gloom, House of Low Culture, Lotus Eaters, etc.), James Plotkin (Khanate, O.L.D.), and Tim Wyskida (Khanate, Blind Idiot God); Their first album, Secret House, was released by […]

Album of the day: Isis – Live VI 11.16.07

Posted on Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Scene Point Blank: A year after their dissolution, post-metal powerhouse Isis is preparing to digitally re-release its entire live discography on a fortnightly basis throughout the summer of 2011. The set of five—wait, hold up a moment. I finished those last summer. What’s with the new release? […]

Album of the day: Old Man Gloom – No

Posted on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Drop-d: Resume The Gloom. So goes the credo associated with Old Man Gloom. After an eight year long slumber, the sludge “supergroup” awoke in stunning fashion with a series of special shows across the US, with the line-up of Aaron Turner (ex-Isis, Mamiffer, Split Cranium et al), […]

Album of the day: Locrian & Mamiffer – Bless Them That Curse You

Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Praise for Locrian & Mamiffer‘s Bless Them That Curse You from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Killer collaboration from these two aQ faves, both trafficking in a similarly ominous abstract minimalism, and who together have conjured up something pretty epic. The opening track begins as if to creep abjectly through some […]

Album of the day: Pharaoh Overlord – Lunar Jetman

Posted on Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from The Inarguable: The Repetition is a difficult beast to wrangle. From the premier of Steve Reich’s Music for Eighteen Instruments, the new wave of post-modernity screamed “excessive minimalism” in praise of its stylistic progenitor. Of course, not many people could perfectly emulate Reich’s pulsing, shifting, harmonically dense […]

Album of the day: House of Low Culture – Poisoned Soil

Posted on Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Praise for House of Low Culture‘s Poisoned Soil from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: It’s been a while since we’ve heard from House Of Low Culture, the one man experimental / drone / soundscaping project of Aaron Turner, he of Hydra Head Records, Sige Records, Mammifer, Isis, Twilight, etc. This one […]

Album of the day: Burning Witch – S/T (4LP + DVD)

Posted on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Praise for Burning Witch‘s S/T (4LP + DVD) from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: We’ve got just a handful of these expensive new Burning Witch 4LP/DVD boxes, they’re fancy and SUPER limited, so odds are once we sell out we won’t be able to get more. Seems likely that only super […]

Album of the day: Wolves In The Throne Room – Celestial Lineage

Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Lovingly pinched from CVLT Nation: The tension worldwide is palpable as Wolves In The Throne Room prepare to release their fourth full length album Celestial Lineage (Southern Lord). Expectations for this album are high to say the least. WITTR quickly rose to prominence with their 2007 LP Two Hunters. The […]