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A Shadow No Light Could Make

by Nathan Moody

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precenphix The album’s cover image is apt, setting the stage for the feeling of falling backwards into the void. Home made instruments bend and creak, vibrating contact mics as the artist’s hands guides you through a set of minimalist, dark ambient recordings. Aching tones leap from the physical release’s swirled 180g vinyl, taking you on a fateful night’s journey before setting you down again, when it is realized it was all a dream. Favorite track: First Dream.
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Ben Moore Easy one of my favourite vinyls ever!
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Kittydropper (bridge) The sounds here come from a dark, beautiful pre-natal world of signs, sigils and rituals whose meaning seems long decayed.. like Hermann Kopp meets Martin Stig Andersen… just the kind of thing I love. Favorite track: Awoken.
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Lost Tribe Sound There is a twisted sort of cinematic fantasy aspect to this new Nathan Moody record, first time collaborating with the likes of William Ryan Fritch and many others… loads of handmade instruments, heavy clashing metals, and an endless barrage hard-to-place recording techniques. An intense, walloping experience.
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Mark Kilborn This album is a sonic journey. Nathan has an incredible ability to create unique moods with the most curious timbres. I love it. Favorite track: Watched.
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An Old Shape 01:55
Awoken 02:43 video
First Dream 02:15
Watched 03:28 video
Guitars: Michael Cobra
Followed 02:31
Second Dream 01:54
Tenterhooks 04:19
Reawoken 03:07
Vocals: Aili Laine
Revelation 03:13
Vocals: Aili Laine
Last Dream 02:02
A New Shape 05:09


"A work of cinematic reach and breadth, the latest from Nathan Moody employs strings & synths & heavy atmospheres to build worlds." -Bandcamp

"Unforgiving, merciless, and laden with suspense, each individual work is designed to raise sensations of wonder, surprise, and visceral fear." -On the Fringe of Sound

"Listening to A Shadow No Light Could Make, one is invited to draw comparisons to existing works of music and art yet despite this the album carves out its own unique space. Black and white, light and dark, loud and quiet, harmony, melody and threnody are woven together as one into a startling tapestry of sound." - Igloo

"A Shadow No Light Could Make" finds Nathan Moody at his most dramatic and darkly cinematic. It’s also the first album for this traditionally solo artist that features contributing musicians. Strings, human voice, and extended techniques bring the listener into a dimly lit and eerie world of tension, danger, and beauty.

Traditional instruments are blended with found-object percussion, prepared acoustic instruments, guitar, electronics, and instruments that Moody has constructed himself. Formal structure and experimentalism collide to create sweet yet broken melodies, and sour yet beautiful harmonies. This album represents a bold step forward for this ever-evolving artist, and asks the listener to imagine their own narrative for the proceedings.


released April 9, 2021

Composed, produced, and mixed by Nathan Moody
Willam Ryan Fritch: Violin on “Awoken”
Aili Laine: Vocals on “Reawoken”, “Stepping Through”, “Tenterhooks”
Hollings: Vocals on “Awoken”, “Watched”
Panic Girl: Vocals on “Awoken”, “Discovered”, “Followed”, “Tenterhooks”
Carson Sestili: Vocals on “Watched”
Michael Cobra: Guitar on “The Strange Window”, “Tenterhooks”
Nathan Moody: Found objects, constructed instruments, synthesizers, Appalachian dulcimer, electric guitar, violin, kemenche, percussion, electric cello, prepared autoharp, melodica
Mastered by Stephan Mathieu at Schwebung Mastering
Vinyl prepared and cut by Loop-O
Artwork and design by Corey Holms
Video for "Watched" by Simona Noriek

Special thanks and eternal respect to the contributing musicians, as well as Krista Fechner, Gunnar Proppe, Marc Weidenbaum, Paul Lebel, Patrick Balthrop, Anna Yarborough, Jeff Schmidt, Dave and Michael Raphael, James McDermid, James Elsey, Ellen Simms, Black Bear Recording, and Left Coast Lights.


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Nathan Moody builds worlds with sound. His work has been featured in films, podcasts, and games.

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