Wrekmeister Harmonies returns with their latest album Light Falls scheduled to be released on September 16th through Thrill Jockey.
At the core of Wrekmeister are guitarist and vocalist, JR Robinson, and multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Esther Shaw. The two are joined by Godspeed You! Black Emperor musicians, Thierry Amar on bass and contrabass, Sophie Trudeau on piano, violin and vocals, and Timothy Herzog on drums. Chicago musicians Ryley Walker and Cooper Crain (Cave, Bitchin Bajas) who appear on the album as well.
Light Falls Tracklist:
1. Light Falls I - The Mantra
2. Light Falls II - The Light Burns Us All
3. Light Falls III - Light Sick
4. The Gathering
5. Where Have You Been My Lovely Son?
6. Some Were Save Some Drowned
7. My Lovely Son Reprise
The title of the album originates from the text of “If This Is A Man” by Primo Levi’s.
The manuscript was written about the year he spent as an inmate at Auschwitz. The Jewish-Italian chemist and anti-fascist resistance fighter suggested in his seminal work that society sees inhumanity through gradual change. People will begin to accept things they normally find reprehensible.
Robinson adds, “I wanted to sonically convey the idea of slow, creeping change. When I came up with the title I was thinking of how when daylight turns to night time it’s a very gradual process. You are lulled into watching this slow, peaceful sunset but then all of a sudden you look up and it’s dark.”
Wrekmeister Harmonies have toured relentlessly with the likes of Bell Witch, and members of Dead to a Dying World throughout North America and Europe following the release of their album Night of Your Ascension last November. The collective will be touring North America and Europe in the new 5-piece format this fall/winter. This summer, Wrekmeister Harmonies is touring North America with Marissa Nadler. Tour dates can be found below.
Wrekmeister Harmonies Duo Tour Dates*
Jul 5 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
Jul 6 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
Jul 8 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
Jul 9 - Denver, CO - Lost Lake Lounge
Jul 10 - Omaha, NE - Reverb Lounge
Jul 11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
Jul 12 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
Jul 13 - Detroit, MI - El Club
Jul 14 - Toronto, ON - The Drake Hotel
Jul 15 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
Jul 16 - Hudson, NY - Half Moon
Jul 19 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
Jul 20 - Providence, RI - Aurora
Jul 21 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
Jul 22 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
Jul 24 - Washington, D.C. - DC9
Jul 25 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle Backstage
Jul 26 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
Jul 27 - New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa
Jul 29 - Austin, TX - Sidewinder
Jul 30 - Dallas, TX - Dada
Aug 1 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar
Aug 2 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
Aug 3 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
Aug 4 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
Aug 5 - Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Library
Aug 7 - Vancouver, CA - Cobalt
Aug 8 - Seattle, WA - Barboza