Our 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!
I just did a podcast interview with Create and Destroy. I talk about my residency in Iceland, creating a sense of place in sound, our recent shows and split with Planning For Burial, Cold Air, and a ton more. Listen to my quiet voice here.
Drowse is touring in September with our sister band Floating Room! We will be playing as a two piece–just Maya and I–so expect intimate, droned out sets.
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.
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.
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.