Montreal’s Alder & Ash take a leaf from Colin Stetson’s single instrument becoming a whole band, and takes the stark yet highly emotive soundtrack compositions of Warren Ellis and Nick Cave, adding in influences from noise and doom and a loop pedal. Made entirely on a cello Psalms For The Sunder is delicate and violent in equal measures. There are highly limited number of these handmade physical copies available, so be quick.
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" I love the cello". Not my words but those of Brian Wilson. These were according to anecdotal evidence the only words spoken by the Beach Boys legend to someone I knew who met him at a party. Well Brian may well like what he heres on this record by ace cellist Alder and Ash as the entire thing is made from the cello. He'd have to be in one of his melancholy moods though as this is seriously downbeat. Cellos are sad at the best of times but they are extremely sad here. In fact this is an entire record of a cello weeping, accompanying itself on a series of beasts and squeaks. At times it gets a seriously difficult listen as on 'At Night In The Slaughterhouse' which builds to ear hurtingly distorted moment bust mostly it's quiet with moments of extreme beauty resting alongside experimental ticks and clatter.
I suppose what we have here is a Colin Stetson of the cello. There's your soundbite - use it wisely.
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