The man behind the IIVII project has references as long as your arm, but they won’t be very revealing for those of you who only navigate in electronic sounds. It is therefore necessary to give you a brief review of his journey by focusing only on the essential points. Josh Graham is a visual artist, multi-instrumentalist and composer who was a founding member of Red Sparowes, Battle of Mice, and A Storm of Light, all these projects can be considered as part of the Post-rock, Sludge Metal, Hard rock or even Doom Metal genres. In the visual field, he is also known under the Suspended In Light pseudonym and has been the visual artist behind the Neurosis DVD, A Sun That Never Sets in 2003, a Doom Metal band that also includes influences from Dark Ambient and Industrial music, a band in which he played for several years. But he was / is also behind most of the visual aspects for Soundgarden as their creative director, creating all of their merch, concert visuals, and album art for many years. From these references we can clearly understand that we are not dealing with a novice.
But what connects this artist with influences of Post-rock / Post-Metall / Doom-Metall, to this solo project that we will classify as Electronic Dark-Ambient?
The answer is obvious if you are interested in Sludge or Doom Metal projects. Most of them use Ambient pads, even if they are dissolved under Sludge Metal, Doom Metal, or Post Rock. The suspended moments of these projects, not necessarily reposing, often hang on a woven yarn of Ambient. As for CHVE, the parallel project of Colin H. Van Eeckhout, well known by Amenra, or Dehn Sora who evolves between Throane and Treha Sektori, it is not surprising to see more and more artists coming from a Post-Metall environment evolving in both domains. For those of you who know Treha Sektori, I recommend you to listen to MineBlackHeart on Obsidian. This title of the album has a strong connection with Treha Sektori’s ritual motion but with a Dub stretching foundation.
Obsidian is the 3rd album of IIVII, and I mean this in a good way, it is the more “canalized” of them, an album that defines a more personal orientation of the emerging and evolving lines of this project. Obsidian is the reworked version of Josh’s original score for the behind-the-scenes documentary, Mother! The Downward Spiral, which details the making of Darren Aronofsky’s film, Mother!” See the full Documentary throught IIVII Official Website : http://resonantiivii.com/
To present his album, Josh Graham also directed 2 videos.
“These soundscapes come across moody and beautiful, embodying the desolation, isolation and…an unshakable sense of reverence.” Josh Graham.
“This is music meant for listening in the dark with lush orchestration… …Beautiful, eerie, uncomfortable, and moving – all encompassing.” Josh Graham
Obsidian was released on Consouling Sounds on March 08 2019 and is available on CD format here:https://consouling.be/release/obsidian
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