Not content with simply releasing Life Metal this year, Sunn O))) is back with a second record titled Pyroclasts. Pyroclasts was recorded during the Life Metal sessions with Steve Albini and was mastered by Matt Colton. According to a statement from Sunn O))), Pyroclasts was an exercise for all the musicians involved either before or after recording music all day.
The Pyroclasts album is the result of a daily practice which was regularly performed each morning, or evening during the two week Life Metal sessions at Electrical Audio during July 2018, when all of the days musical participants would gather and work through a 12 minute improvised modal drone at the start and or end of the day’s work. The piece performed was timed with a stopwatch and tracked to two inch tape, it was an exercise and a chance to dig into a deep opening or closing of the days session in a deep musical way with all of the participants. To connect/reconnect, liberate the creative mind a bit and greet each other and the space through the practice of sound immersion. The players across the four pieces of Pyroclasts are Tim Midyett, T.O.S., Hildur Guðnadóttir, and as always Stephen O’Malley & Greg Anderson.
Among the pre-order options for Pyroclasts are ones that benefit Gilda’s Club NYC, an organization that provides community support for both those diagnosed with cancer and their caretakers, through the Ten Bands One Cause charity. That edition will be on pink vinyl and is available here.