In advance of its July 29th release date, multi-instrumentalist masterminds Wreck and Reference are streamingIndifferent Rivers Romance End today on Noisey. Recorded by the band and mixed/mastered with Samur Khouja (Joanna Newsom, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) in Los Angeles, CA earlier this year, this new album sees Wreck and Reference employ the pristine clarity of IDM and the rhythmic flood of trap, as an experiment in pop, metal, and noise with the increased use of digital synthesizers over previous works, creating a greater sense of fluidity and movement.
Wreck and Reference formed in 2011 and recorded their first EP, Black Cassette, in a garage, drawing upon the blown out intensity of black metal and the angularity of noise rock, with themes of determinism and Cormac McCarthy-esque isolation.
In 2012, their debut full length Y̶o̶u̶t̶h̶ represented a dramatic expansion of their sonic palette. In deeper, darker tones, Y̶o̶u̶t̶h̶ was a reflection on the opposing forces of dismissal and longing for both the past and the future, questioning the value of the life lived and life that is still to come.
These sounds and themes were pushed further in Wreck and Reference’s second full length Want in 2014. Described by Pitchfork as having “radical vision” and “boundless experimentation,” Want expanded into a darker and more brooding territory, plumbing the depths of isolation, sadness, and hopelessness, as if written from inside a room with only a dimming window into a perfectly callous world.
In contrast to Wreck and Reference’s past work, Indifferent Rivers Romance End is an album that allows the possibility of change, even the necessity of it, when the self comes to face the inevitability of continued life amidst the construction and destruction of relationships. The cover depicts a statue of Heraclitus, the tearful Ancient Greek herald of change, tied to a brick and drowned in a river of liquor and dirt.
In support of their new album, Wreck and Reference have a U.S. tour spanning July 29th through September 3rd. Check out the tour dates listed below.
Indifferent Rivers Romance End Tracklist:
2. Flight But Not Metaphor
4. The Clearing
6. Modern Asylum
Wreck & Reference tour with Some Ember, Summer 2016:
7.29 - Los Angeles, CA - Non Plus Ultra
8.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
8.13 - Davis, CA - The Morgue
8.15 - Salt Lake City, UT - Diabolical Records
8.16 - Denver, CO - Juice Church
8.17 - Omaha, NE - Milk Run
8.18 - Ames, IA - DG's Taphouse
8.19 - Minneapolis, MN - Eagle's Club
8.20 - Chicago, IL - TriTriangle
8.21 - Ann Arbor/Detroit, MI - TBA
8.22 - Columbus, OH - Double Happiness
8.23 - Baltimore, MD - The Crown
8.24 - Washington, D.C. - Safari Rest. & Lounge
8.25 - New Paltz, NY - MLIBOG
8.26 - New York, NY - Alphaville
8.27 - Richmond, VA - Perfect Church
8.28 - Columbia, SC - Tapp’s Art Center
8.29 - Nashville, TN - Drkmtter
8.30 - Birmingham, AL - The Firehouse
8.31 - New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa
9.01 - Dallas, TX - Three Links
9.02 - Austin, TX - Sidewinder
9.03 - Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture
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