As Cascadian duo, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, prepares for the release of Celstite — the instrumental companion to their 2011 Celestial Lineage LP — Pitchfork offers the public a foretaste of the impending album with an exclusive stream of its magnum opus, “Celestite Mirror.”
With over forty-five minutes of stunning, reworked versions of the powerful black metal anthems that surged on Celestial Lineage, on Celestite, the band takes a deeper excursion into the crystalline synthesizer-driven domains that have long intrigued them. With the aid of producer Randall Dunn, they unearthed a hidden soundscape that is only loosely tethered to their familiar sound, yet is still unmistakably the work of WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM. The scores of renowned sound-sculptors like Carpenter and Eno merge with the band’s Pacific Northwestern inspirations and through a literal wall of vintage synth gear, the previous album is here fully re-imagined and delivered on a parallel existence to its predecessor. The cover art visually enhances these expansive passages with an otherworldly forest vision, a collaboration created by Rachel Carns and WITTR‘s Nathan Weaver.
“Celestite Mirror,” the most extensive of Celestite‘s works, is a nearly fifteen-minute excursion into exploratory soundscapes as vast and beautiful as the band’s surrounding woodlands, and is now playing at mega entertainment portal, Pitchfork, who issues, “WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOMbuild from an eerie drift of synth glow and gentle bass-drum booms into a Vangelis-sized organ roar. Ahead of the halfway mark, they back into a Manuel Gottsching-like series of flickers and clicks, dispersing the darkness they once conjured. They manage a series of heavy-pawed doom riffs toward the end, but they offset the heaviness with airy synths and flutes, getting closer to Dark Side Of The Moon outtakes than Under A Funeral Moon.”
Discover what lies in wait on Celestite with a glimpse into the “Celestite Mirror” via Pitchfork now at THIS LOCATION.
Celestitewill see release in North America on July 8th through the band’s own newly forged label, Artemisia Records, with digipak CD, gatefold LP and digital download editions pending. Preorders are now available RIGHT HERE.