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Sarah and Zachary’s universes collided in Autumn 2015, when their respective bands SubRosa and Minsk were both invited to support Cult of Luna on a West Coast U.S. tour. Upon returning home, separated by 1402 miles (2256 kilometers) every day brought more unequivocal evidence that this meeting of paths was to create something bearing far more intensely personal sensual beauty and meaning than either had ever known. A darkly worshipped embarrassment of musical, phycological and romantic riches- separated by half the width of the country. With this came the screaming desire and evident capacity to create something sonically as free-spirited, dynamic and incorruptibly honest as their connection itself, with the dynamics of the universe they have created. The love, lust, trauma, rage and human behaviour speculations felt by two individuals embodied into one candlelit soundscape.

Slowdance Macabre was recorded in August 2018. Possessing an intention to pierce the clamour with silky rays of musical moonlight, the lyrics to each individual song are their own personal universe. But the album Slowdance Macabre as a sequential whole has a certain planned madness in the way of musical narrative- the ascension up the perceived mountain of one’s own spirit, that instead reveals itself as an active volcano- to its inevitable eruption and the subsequent plummet through the endless catacombs of the human experience.

Slowdance Macabre will be released on October 30th through Consouling Sounds (pre-order here), and you can listen to the exclusive stream of the track ‘Romanticide’ below. The band comments: “An observational ode to shallow vessels of communication, ‘Romanticide’ is the silkily somber spearhead to kick the door open for Asphodel Wine.“

 

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