If you have been busy listening to witch house (and if you haven’t, please do) you’re probably familiar with Ʌ (or “arc”). Xavier, the guy behind Ʌ, has now embarked on a new collaborative project called ABE SADA with Brady Gunnell. Their music is still in demo-state and in need of some fine tuning, but they have already released a couple of songs via myspace that you can listen to.
“Jazz-Noir, Cocteau Twins in the desert, saloon engulfed in flames, throwing tourmaline crystals down a white dune, ice skating on a glacier”
That’s how ABE SADA describe their own music, and I would say that it’s a pretty accurate description of what the tracks sound like. It’s definitely way less dark than the music Xavier makes as Ʌ, though there are still some witchy elements in there that remind me of that project, not in the least the distorted vocals on “03 (SCIENCE ON THE INSIDE)” and “05 (BLACK BAR TROMBONE)”.
Yet it’s especially the other tracks that I think are interesting because of their exploration of ambient landscapes and different emotions. Listening to “01 (SALT FLAT)”, the track I included here, you can easily imagine yourself marching across a barren wasteland, feeling very much alive yet being struck by a sudden melancholy. And both “06 (TOURMALINE FALLS)” and “07 (THE WOODEN HEEL)” are amazingly beautiful tracks that carry you away to another place and time, that place you only dream about in your most perfect (day)dreams.
You can listen to all of the tracks on ABE SADA’s myspace page.
Fun/creepy fact: the band was named after this woman.