Jul 31, 2011
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Brent Arnold uses a cello, his voice, and a battery of effects pedals to create songs of strange, intense beauty. His new album, An Albatross And A Half, features haunted instrumentals and string-heavy experimental songwriting in the vein of Arthur Russell, Joanna Newsom, and Owen Pallett. His idiosyncratic cello playing is striking; in addition to explosive arco work, he employs fingerpicking, strumming, and sometimes a guitar pick, along with delays, distortion, and looping. This wide range and unique style has led to his work with Modest Mouse, DJ/rupture, Sleater-Kinney, Eyvind Kang, and the Moools, to name just a few.
Lullabies for Falling Empires is a NYC based collective orchestra. Started early 2009 in Seattle, WA by Richard Webb and Carlos Esparza the group quickly developed into a 11-15 piece ensemble featuring a string quartet/harp/piano voices and electronics. Often accompanied with film and video work by Leo Mayberry of the “Degenerate Art Ensemble” they are known for stunning ambient performances and beautiful cinematic landscapes. Influenced by Philip Glass, Johann Johannsson, Sigur Ros, Gamelan, West Africa, electronic music, field recordings and many other musics. On June 3rd 2011 they released “Lullabies for Falling Empires No1″ ; engineered mostly in one take in a giant wooden barn. Mixed and mastered by long time friend and cohort Jherek Bischoff (Dead Science/Degenerate Art Ensemble/composer) the album is “9 instrumental tracks of rolling landscapes and bass heavy cinema with romantic hints at crumbling empires and cities re-imagined. “-Wall of Sound
Combining haunting vocals with swirling layers of lo-fi psychedelia, synthesizers and field recordings, Big Spider’s Back alternates between soaring crescendos and dense thickets of electronic ambience. The result is one big, blissed out cacophony.
BSB’s 2009 debut EP, “Warped,” garnered praise from critics across the web, and in print. His debut album, “Memory Man,” will be released later this summer on Circle Into Square.