“Memory Painting” Shirt/More Tour Info

drowse memory painting shirt promo photo.jpgOur tour with Floating Room starts Friday. We made a small amount of these new “Memory Painting” shirts for these shows. We will also have the tour edition of our split with Planning For Burial, copies of Cold Air, and will be showing some new projection work. Message if you need an address for one of the shows. See you soon!

Reflections on our Shows With Planning For Burial

Four shows. We only played four shows on the West Coast last week, but the shows felt more meaningful and fulfilling than any month long tour I’ve been on. I want to do more.

Part of this was because we were traveling with Thom Wasluck, a human who records music that is relatable, affecting, and genuine; Planning For Burial is “real”. As a person Thom is just like his art: without contrivance. It inspires me to be around a self that knows exactly what it is.

Meaning also came from the impressions I felt at each show. People that had spent time with this record I’d made in my bedroom, this distilled expression of my self, came to speak to me about it. Their connection to my work chipped away at the barriers between our selves. My bandmates worked hard to help this expression come to life and made it sound incredible. In short, these shows felt good.

In life and art I value solitude. My favorite part of this music thing I’ve been engaged with for the past ten or so years is writing and recording, and I like it best when I’m by myself: alone making little sound worlds to better understand my life.

I know that for many people playing shows is the goal, but with Drowse–a self mirror–it has always been an anxiety inducing experience. There are moments of enjoyment, but they are usually coaxed with alcohol and volume. These shows were different. I felt that bedroom feeling, that joyful detachment, the world and self disappearing into the present.

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Fog Storm pts. 1-4 — Split With Planning For Burial

We did a split with Planning For Burial! The Drowse side is a collaboration with painter Jesse Keating, “Fog Storm pts. 1-4”, and is the first widely available work to emerge from my residency in Iceland. You can view and listen to our audiovisual collaboration now via Treble. Limited tour edition tapes will be available at our shows with PFB next week.

“Fog Storm pts. 1-4” is some of the most experimental music I have been part of, utilizing found object sculptural instruments and the computer to make musical uncanny valley soundscapes. It’s about real life experiences but I kept thinking about John Carpenter’s The Thing while writing this. The lyrics are mostly concerned with creative self-concealment, and reference specific past works.

Fog Storm Promo Picture

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Cold Air Special Edition Shipping

The Cold Air repress is shipping next week–the oxblood in milky clear “wilting flower” vinyl is beautiful and it’s awesome to see this album on black for the first time.
The special edition comes with a copy of the production journal I kept while making the album. Outside of seeing me work it’s probably the closest you could come to knowing my creative process–you can see how my weird manic depressive brain jumps from stuff like obsessive
organization of track sequences to strange repetitive mantra like journal entries and deconstruction of my own song meanings.
 
I’m pretty sure The Flenser only has a very limited amount left so grab it while you can.
 
Thanks so much for listening and giving this album life beyond its initial release 🌫🥀🌫

West Coast Shows With Planning for Burial

I can’t wait to play these shows with one of my favorite contemporary bands, Planning For Burial, and get out of Portland for a while. Thom has been incredibly supportive of Drowse since the start of this project and is one of the reasons I’m still doing this. Although I hadn’t heard of PFB until after I’d started Drowse I’m sure that his music has influenced me through the years. Flyer lettering by Maya, collage by my self.