"Californian sound designer and musician Nathan Moody adds to an already impressive catalogue of dark, expansive electronic music with this new album. It finds the artist creating an immersive, and often oppressive, suite of tracks where glints of light only occasionally push through the cracks...And there is a definite feeling of falling into the void here, a sense of urgency and unpredictability that can only really be achieved through the artist losing himself in the moment... I’m not a huge fan of the term “dark ambient”, but in this case it literally is."
“Shades” is Nathan Moody’s darkest, most experimental, and least compromising release to date. Performed live with synthesizers and the occasional loop from tape or a pedal, with no formal sequencing, and sent through guitar amplifiers, “Shades” is a dark electronic experimental odyssey like no other.
This work’s oppressive bass and screaming howls evoke sinister forces and a cinematic narrative. There is no timing grid, no sync, only performative structures that are intuitive and impulsive. Only the occasional loop accompanies the live performances that make up the layers of each song. As always, this work resists easy classification: more dynamic and expressive than dark ambient, noisier than drone, more structured and melodic than noise.
This horror movie of an album may unnerve, but its intensity and intricacy invites the listener to complete its underlying story and unusual structures. Adventurous psychonauts will be richly rewarded by this sonic journey.
Limited edition of signed and numbered cassettes includes a tin case with real claws.
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released September 13, 2019
Performed, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Nathan Moody.
Paintings by Johan G. Winther (instagram.com/timecanvas
Design by Corey Holms (coreyholms.com
"The Initiate" music vIdeo by Emma Tomic (emmatomic.com
Special thanks to Krista Fechner, Peter Blasser, Dan Kibke, and Michael Cobra. Thanks to JH Audio, Tendrils Cables, and MyVolts for their support.