Emma Ruth Rundle and Thou are now streaming their new collaborative song "The Valley" off their new album May Our Chambers Be Full due out October 23. The single is a ballad and stands in pretty stark contrast to the collaboration's debut single "Ancestral Recall".
"Fragile yet powerful; sad but fearless. It’s the feeling you get when you listen to a lot of Emma’s music," said Thou guitarist Andy Gibbs describes.
"The Valley is a place," added Rundle. "A landscape that lacks vistas and perspectives. An analogy for unrelenting, crushing mental illness, physical pain, addiction and the isolation that can arise as a result of these diseases. There is a choice one must make once initiated into The Valley's fold; to press on living where no hope will ever show itself or to dissolve into its bleak grayness. On the journey, remains of those who came before us and succumbed are visible. Instead of hope, we turn to anger and defiance for fuel and with those we fortify ourselves. The ending doesn't resolve, but successful escape from The Valley is unlikely."
Pre-orders for May Our Chambers Be Full are available here.