Handcrafted 7″x 5″ Case & Glass Mastered CD / Limited to 150 Hand-numbered Editions / Download code
‘Clutched in the Maw of the World’, the second full-length album from Alder & Ash, is as much maximal as it is minimal. It punctuates periods of barren calm with thunder and screams, before creeping back to the silence and the dusk. The album is comprised entirely of cello. ‘Clutched…’ combines traditional classical modalities with gnarled, heavily treated modern techniques to devastating affect. Glass, wood, rain, stone and air are all present in the music, from the crystalline notes of the “Merciless Dawn” to the unyielding crashes and lumbering slabs of distorted rhythm of “A Seat Amongst God and His Children.”
Alder & Ash treads on the experimental fringes of modern classical, perhaps too abrasive to play nice with the coy melodrama of the scene. Yet, the music has enough grit to take hold of lovers of doom, noise, and the like, perhaps winning over new fans of cello music from even the most hardened black metal die-hards.
This, the deluxe version comes in an edition of only 70 copies. Each of these hand altered black digipaks comes collaged, punched and inlayed inside and out with antique, ornate silkscreened Spanish cork wallpapers…even the spine! Like the digipak itself the black, double sided hand printed and punched textual insert has had all edges blacked out as well. The digipak itself comes in an extensively hand stamped, hole punched, inked and diagrammed translucent envelope…also included in each is a 75 year old page of hand drawn and written diagrams and text. While Get Lost was all about the maps… In Circles is all about the diagrams…in your mind!
Each of these gorgeous deluxe versions, in this edition of 100, will come in a fused double envelope package, comprised of two 6.5″ square, Midnight Black envelopes. Each of these envelopes will be hand worked/stamped/artified in the usual TRS manner…in one of them will come the black digipak in it’s own translucent envelope, also stamped, and in the other half of the package will come a set of three banded 4″ x 6″ hand printed color prints, on 300lb Moab Rag Natural paper, with accordingly mysterious quotes/Strieisms, and a 4″ x 6″ unassembled jigsaw puzzle also in it’s own translucent envelope featuring, as far as we know, the only somewhat recent picture of Ms Reinhart in existence. Strie is a puzzle..and is being released as such…
Presented in a jackdaw style format, this release charts the unsteady memories and shifting surroundings of protagonist Bill Plantagenet as he recovers from an alcoholic-fueled breakdown in the City Hospital. Based on Lowry’s own self admission to New York’s Bellevue in the 1930′s, our observations are presented through maps, photographs and postcards from the era, a sort of “psycho-geography”.
Paper stock used (quantities differ per jackdaw):
Cyclus Silk 300g: Soft white board. At least 50% recycled, FSC certified
Cyclus 160g: At least 50% recycled, FSC certified
Martello 250g: At least 50% recycled, FSC certified