Noble Rot Announce Debut Album
Noble Rot, is the collaborative project of Alex Edkins (METZ) and Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck), the duo will release their debut record, Heavenly Bodies, Repetition, Control on March 24th via Joyful Noise Records. Now in its 6th year, The White Label Series taps influential curators to shine a light on a previously unreleased album of their choice. This years curators include Julien Baker, Sean Ono Lennon, Helado Negro, David Yow (Jesus Lizard) Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz), and Jasmine White-Gluz (No Joy) who is responsible for choosing Heavenly Bodies, Repetition, Control.
Jasmine of No Joy shares why she chose Noble Rot for this year’s White Label Series. “Graham Walsh and Alex Edkin’s new musical partnership captures what I love most about their other musical endeavors (Holy Fuck, Metz); expansive production, musical moments of anxiety and calmness, unexpected earworms. I love records like this that make me go “how did they make that sound?!” and relisten to a song over and over.“
You can now watch the official video for their debut offering “Casting No Light”, which was directed by John Smith. Weaving together blasts of synth, hypnotic bass, motorik rhythms, and spiraling guitar, the first single “Casting No Light” creates a dense sonic dreamscape that is as lighthearted and fun as it is adventurous. Colin Newman (Wire, Immersion) and Malka Spigel (Minimal Compact, Immersion) lend a hand, adding bass and heavily modulated guitars to the track that pulsates like the Silver Apples and eventually climaxes in a maelstrom of bongo drums and howling synths.
Director John Smith thoughts on the making of the video “a long-standing admirer of synesthesia and its explorations by artists such as Kandinsky and experimental filmmakers such as Oskar Fischinger, Norman McLaren, and Walter Ruttman, I have been consistently inspired by the concept and its connection between sound and visual. For over two decades, I have been constantly exploring ways to express these connections, and upon first hearing the trance-like and multi-layered composition of “Casting No Light”, I saw a great opportunity to apply these concepts. With the assistance of Aaron Campbell – an interactive designer friend, we developed a system that translates every layer of sound into a corresponding visual component. Enjoying this experience with headphones will provide a much richer experience since you can better hear all of the nuances and textures in the song.” You can watch their official video for “Casting No Light.”
Pre-orders Heavenly Bodies, Repetition, Control by Noble Rot HERE
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