“Ekpyrosis” By Lathe of Heaven
Lathe of Heaven have signed to Sacred Bones Records and have announced their debut album Bound By Naked Skies, will drop on September 1st. Along with the news, the band are sharing the first single from the record, “Ekpyrosis.” Formed in 2021, the band features members of noteworthy Brooklyn based projects such as People’s Temple, Porvenir Oscuro, Pawns, Android, Hustler and more.
Though the term Ekpyrosis has roots in Ancient Greek philosophy, the name has since been adopted and reformatted to signify a cosmological theory that describes the origins and destiny of space and time. The Ekpyrotic Model, commonly associated with The Cyclic Model, hypothesises that the universe undergoes periodic cycles of contraction and expansion, leading to the creation, destruction, and thus recreation of the universe.
Despite this theory’s contentious place in the field of cosmology, the band nevertheless finds its implications inherently compelling. There is something both horrifying and beautiful about the idea of our universe being in a constant state of death and rebirth, which Lathe of Heaven believes serves as a strong and apt portrayal of the various themes spanning across their upcoming debut record, Bound by Naked Skies.
Bound by Naked Skies indebts itself as much to its literary influences as it does to the music that informs its unique and deliberate sound. Paying powerful homage to the uncanny worlds of authors Arthur C. Clarke, Octavia Butler, Ken Liu and of course Ursula Le Guin (whose novel the band is named after), themes of cosmology (Ekpyrosis), simulation (Heralds of the Circuit-Born), mental illness (Moon-Driven Sea), and ontology (Entropy, The Spider.), weave implicitly throughout the arch of the record, providing a sense of insight into the minds of those plagued by the ambiguous nature of humankind’s terrifying and not-so-distant future.
Lathe of Heaven tour dates:
4th Aug – TV Eye (w/ Home Front and Deluxxe), Brooklyn, NY
18th Aug – Union Pool (w/ Temple of Angels), Brooklyn,, NY
7th Sept – TV Eye (w/ Witness and Eyedrops), Brooklyn, NY
13th Sept – The Dirty Bird (w/ The Poisoning and The Exile), Santa Ana, CA
14th Sept – Knucklehead ( w/ The Exile and Shrouds), Los Angeles, CA
15th Sept – Zebulon (w/ Protocultura), Los Angeles, CA
16th Sept – Stork Club (w/ Vulture Feather and Vague Lanes), Oakland, CA
17th Sept – Enzyme, San Francisco, CA
18th Sept – Naked Lounge (w/ Vulture Feather and Exposure Therapy), Chico, CA
19th Sept – Coffin Club, Portland, OR
21st Sept – 23rd Sept – Varning Festival, Montreal, MTL
Lathe of Heaven
Bound By Naked Skies
1. At Moment’s Edge
4. Ilusión de Luces (Cold’s Embrace)
6. Moon-Driven Sea
7. The Breaking Strain
8. The Spider
10. The Faithful Image
11. Heralds of the Circuit-Born
Pre-order Bound By Naked Skies by Lathe of Heaven HERE
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