Graveyard Tapes – White Rooms
Graveyard Tapes announce ‘White Rooms’, the follow-up to their acclaimed debut. Edinburgh based duo Euan McMeeken (glacis, The Kays Lavelle) and Matthew Collings (Splintered Instruments, Sketches For Albinos) joined the Tribe in 2013 with ‘Our Sound Is Our Wound’.
Only the simplest and most elegant of ideas offer this sort of combustive force. McMeeken builds the audio structures and Collings nearly tears them back down again. Of their debut, Textura lauded “McMeeken’s heartfelt singing and piano playing and Collings’ electronic and guitar colourations,” while Incendiary Magazine declared the album “a rare blend of inquisitive dark pop.” The track “Bloodbridge” inspired and was featured in Matty Ross’s enigmatic short film.
Where ‘Our Sound Is Our Wound’ confronted heartbreak, solitude and death, White Rooms looks to progress, even repair, restore. Collings assumed the role of primary songwriter, and here the darkly lit, fully curtained spaces of their inaugural record serve not as a wake, but a wake-up call. As McMeeken writes, ‘White Rooms’ accepts “the difficult but essential challenge of finding the incongruent beauty in loss and moving forward as people.” This way the curtains are thrown open, daylight floods in, the colors of the interior come into full view, and we realize that what is left is a blank canvas, ready for our paints.
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Both Collings and McMeeken have long embraced collaboration in their solo careers, having worked with the likes of Ben Frost, Old Earth, and Dag Rosenqvist (Jasper TX). This time around they’ve given their collaborative natures ample room to breathe. Many tracks were improvised with Ben Chatwin, who records as Talvihorros, while the song “Flicker” finds omni-instrumentalist/ singer-songwriter William Ryan Fritch (Vieo Abiungo, Death Blues Ensemble) lending his cello.
‘White Rooms’ releases mere months after Collings delivered his stunning 2nd solo album ‘Silence Is A Rhythm Too’, further solidifying his position as one of the most innovative and exciting producers around. It’s an addictive combo when paired with the searing and iconic vocals of McMeeken. It is clear from the initial moments: this incarnation of Graveyard Tapes digs ever deeper.
Graveyard Tapes are Matthew Collings and Euan McMeeken with additional performances by Ben Chatwin, William Ryan Fritch, and Brady Swan.