Tales of Murder and Dust reveals the methodology of recording The Flow In Between, and how the group harnessed their creativity during times of turmoil.
Above: Aarhus Psych Fest Pre-Party 2015
"For some crazy reason, and much to our delight, an Italian guy set up a recording studio on the middle of the island where Christian and Kristoffer grew up in a rural and very desolate part of Denmark (Death Island Studios in Nykøbing, Mors). The name of the island actually translates from Latin into ‘Death’. It just seemed like the perfect place for us to go and isolate ourselves."
"We used the same approach as we did with our previous release, Skeleton Flowers. We recorded drums and bass in the studio, and did Guitars, Vocals, Synths, Sitar, Harp, Percussion and whatever else may be on there, in our rehearsal room and in our homes. This way we were able to give the recording a rest for a few days when we were in a rut, and come back and listen to it with fresh ears. Compared to an intensive studio recording session, we had more time to attend to the details and try out different instruments and sounds with this approach."
The Endless Sea of Uncertainty and Change
"When one compares this record to our earlier work we sound and feel like a different band, the common factor is that we still like to create a strong sense of atmosphere. We have adopted Gothic elements into our sound and we would like to think of it as the listener stepping in to a spiritual realm that is chaotic, boundless and which lacks a point of gaze. On a philosophical level, the lack of direction and the sense of endlessness also are saying something about our lives in general. There is this melancholia that always latches onto our music; we have been around for nearly 10 years and there is always that fear, that sense that 'it could all of a sudden end', which makes us appreciate what we do even more but also creates some sense of angst and unrest tied to the music."
"Growing so much older since we formed, life is no longer careless and music is not something that we “mess around with”. It is a privilege that can be taken away from us at any moment. It is pretty nerve wrecking and we cannot pretend that being in the music industry is all fun and games. It makes you paranoid, it makes you uncompromising and that naïve, young person who just wants to create music and have fun with it, is constantly struggling to come up to the surface for air. It is easy to drown in your own ambitions. When you listen to The Flow In Between the fear of drowning is omnipresent. When you hesitate at an artistic crossroad it’s either swim or sink. We did a bit of both; we let ourselves float around under the surface for a bit longer than what was comfortable. Once you are down below, floating around, you start looking at the world differently. We embraced the chaos, we embraced the uncertainty and it resulted in an album that feels unnerving, dystopic, illusive, and most of all like floating around under the surface, looking for a place and time to come up for air."
The group has announced June/July live shows for EU and will later announce more dates for the US.
6/8 Hafenklang, Hamburg /with The Third Sound
6/10 CheeChaak Fest, Ostrava
6/17 Les Caves Du Manoir, Martigny
6/20 L’espace B. Paris
6/22 Cine Palace, Kortrijk
6/24 Fuzz Club, London
6/25 Astral Elevator Presents: Rising @Gullivers Nq, Manchester
6/26 The Hope and Ruin, Brighton
7/16 Copenhagen Psych Fest
8/26 Psycho Las Vegas
Danish five-piece Tales of Murder and Dust has produced a bleak but beautiful pysch classic-in-the-making with The Flow In Between, and it's now available to stream in full below. Their most expansive release to date, it embraces opiate blues, drone rock, orchestral swathes and New York no-wave experimentalism whilst seamlessly drifting from pummelling noise to orchestral fragility.
We were first given a taste of The Flow In Between with a free download of "Sisters", the first single taken off the LP. The single foreshadowed the motorik bass lines, gloomy vocals, ethereal reverb and mass of feedback that would make this entire record a deeply immersive listen. This was followed by second single and its suitably atmospheric video.
With this album there is a longing melancholia lurking beneath the surface which is deeply raw and affecting, making this album to modern psych what Joy Division’s Closer was to the eighties. However, as melancholic as it gets there is also a hint of light amidst the shade: an underlying optimism.
Opening with a chiming Eastern coda "Distorted Ways" is the band rising from the depths, breaking the surface for some air and sun. Slowly it grows, building in intensity, quickening the pace until a wild euphoric climax where it all comes crashing down, embracing the chaos. It is Spacemen 3’s "Suicide" meeting head on with Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s "World Police". Closing track "Endless Repetition" sees them sink beneath the surface once again, a forlorn lament on isolation, before drifting into the distance.
Tales of Murder and Dust will be touring the US and Europe later this year including an appearance at Psycho Las Vegas. More details to be announced very soon.
- Sean MacRae
Danish five-piece Tales of Murder and Dust has produced a bleak but beautifully evocative new single “Black Reflections” and its suitably abstract video.
“Black Reflections” signals a departure from the group’s psych-surf roots, ahead of their upcoming second album, The Flow In Between, out 23rd March. Their most expansive release to date, it embraces opiate blues, drone rock, orchestral swathes and New York no-wave experimentalism, which the track represents beautifully.
The video evokes the album’s crimson toned cover art, and occupies a typically DIY psych style involving found footage, collage, and translucent overlays to create something atmospheric and emotionally charged against the dramatic track it carries.
“Black Reflections” is full of dark and melodic beauty, and climactic intensity, that recalls artists like Swans, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Besnard Lakes and The Catherine Wheel.
Yesterday we announced we'd be releasing the second LP from Denmark's Tales of Murder and Dust, titled The Flow In Between. We're really excited to share 'Sisters', taken off said record.
The Flow In Between sees the band lead us deep into a dark abyss, drifting massively from the surf-indebted psych of their debut record, 'Sisters' is testament to the noisy post-rock monster they've become. A thumping motorik bassline pounds through a menacing ring of feedback. Fuzzed out guitars burst in out of no-where as the track continues on a dreamy ascent, the track builds and builds as layers of distorted guitars, gloomy vocals, ethereal reverb and marching drums and bass crash over eachother. The track is up for free download so download it, binge-listen and inevitably count down the days until you get to hear the full record.
A bleak but beautiful psych classic, the Danish group's third release is available on 180g heavy ultra clear vinyl, limited to 500 copies. Also available as a deluxe edition, limited to 100 copies of heavy 180g colour-in-colour vinyl with red in ultra clear, heavy gatefold cover, embossed logo and hand numbering. You can pre-order the record here.