As they prepare for the release of their new 7-song magnum opus – Light Falls, due out 16th September from Thrill Jockey Records – the incredibly prolific Wrekmeister Harmonies have premiered the album’s first single.
Light Falls is the group’s fifth release and follows 2015’s critically-acclaimed LP, Night Of Your Ascension. That record featured no less than 30 musicians in the musical collective. On Light Falls, Wrekmeister Harmonies’ visionary JR Robinson felt it was time to seek out new creative strategies, focusing his energy on a smaller collective. Light Falls features Wrekmeister Harmonies’ core members JR Robinson (vocals, guitar) and Esther Shaw (keyboards, piano, violin, vocals) joined by by Godspeed You! Black Emperor musicians Thierry Amar on bass and contrabass; Sophie Trudeau on piano, violin and vocals; and Timothy Herzog on drums. Chicago musicians Ryley Walker and Cooper Crain (Cave, Bitchin Bajas) make guest appearances on the album as well. The resulting output with the new lineup continues to transcend classification and expand their sonic palette on what is Wrekmeister Harmonies’ most focused, compelling and powerful release to date. Watch the album’s teaser video HERE
Earlier this year Wrekmeister Harmonies embanked on an extensive European headline tour, as well as supporting Marissa Nadler on selective dates. They have now announced a handful of US shows with their new touring lineup that features JR Robinson and Esther Shaw, joined by Amar, Trudeau and Herzog (Godspeed You! Black Emperor).
Light Falls will be released on 16th September. The album artwork was designed by legendary outsider artist Nick Blinko (Rudimentary Peni). ✪