— Laird Barron, author of The Imago Sequence and Other Stories
“Vitskär Süden creeps up on you like those last red moments of sunset before full darkness. This album has dominated my playlist lately.”
It’s clear that Los Angeles-based quartet Vitskär Süden operates from a shared musical consciousness. Having previously played together over the course of two decades, bassist/vocalist Martin Garner and drummer Christopher Martin unite effortlessly for a no-discussion-required, half-time-heavy rhythm section approach. Guitarists Julian Goldberger and TJ Webber bring their own distinctive influences, touching on both the ambient and melodic but unified in an appreciation of layered sonic texture.
Their self-titled debut draws on elements of desert/psych and prog rock, as well as "weird fiction" lit inspired by the likes of Robert W. Chambers and Laird Barron — a quality equally embodied in the album’s cover art by Samuel Araya (Elvenking) . Tracks like “Trickle of the Snail,” “Dawn of the Monolith” and album opener “War Machine Crimson” nod directly to that melting pot of fantasy, science fiction and horror; evoking imagery of malevolent forces at play in our universe, while “Painted Faces” and “Ice & Haze” offer glimpses of light in darkness.
Vitskär Süden are: TJ Webber - guitar • Julian Goldberger - guitar • Christopher Martin - drums • Martin Garner - bass/vocals
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