“Prolific” three year period followed by
three year period of near-silence. View vid clip, below.
By Blurt Staff
Portland’s Grails will release their 5th
album, Deep Politics, on Temporary
Residence Limited on March 8th. It’s the more-than-a-little-overdue
followup to their acclaimed 2008 record, Doomsdayer’s
Holiday, and this new eight song set was conceived during the band’s
longest-ever gestation period between albums.
“Gestation” being the operative term, as evidenced by the increased
compositional depth, intensified use of fetishistic cut-and-paste production
techniques (akin to those employed by RZA
and MF Doom), and the
striking inclusion of lush string arrangements (courtesy of composer Timba Harris). The album was also
inspired by ‘70s Italian film scores and obscure occult/fringe library music,
cultivating an immersive environment that inspires both an eternal sense of
longing and an impending sense of dread.
Doomsdayer’s Holiday had marked the end of an incredibly prolific three-year period
that spawned two full-length albums, four EPs, a DVD and near-endless touring
with fellow forward-thinkers Boris,
MONO, Earth, Om, Silver Apples, and the late Jack Rose. When multi-instrumentalist Emil Amos (also of Holy Sons) left to become a full-time
member of the similarly prolific post-doom duo Om it presented Grails with an opportunity to
decompress and reinvent themselves once again.
Check out the striking “trailer” video for Deep Politics, below.