Atmospheric sludge rock unit, THE WHITE SWAN, are pleased to unveil the video accompaniment to their cover of Tracy Bonham’s “Tell It To The Sky.” Now playing at Metal Injection, the track is featured on the band’s Nocturnal Transmission EP released last month.
Spearheaded by Kittie’s Mercedes Lander, alongside Kira Longeuay and Shane Jeffers (Bloodmoon Collective), Nocturnal Transmission delivers over twenty minutes of sprawling, melodic sound waves Revolver Magazine crowns, “a gauzy, atmospheric brand of sludgy doomgaze.” Elsewhere, Toilet Ov Hell hails, “a brand of passion doom that is truly captivating,” New Noise Magazine lauds, “a heroic swell of atmospheric sludge and gothic cascades that will chill you to the bone and leave a patch of frost lingering between your toes,” while Rock And Roll Fables champions Lander for “channeling her inner [Melissa] Auf der Maur,” and likening the EP duration to, “a spiritual experience.”
Comments Metal Injection, “A perfect mix of heartfelt shoegazing doom and angsty sludge makes THE WHITE SWAN a unique comfort for any listening experience.”
Stream THE WHITE SWAN’s Nocturnal Transmission EP at THIS LOCATION.
Nocturnal Transmission is available digitally through the band and on limited edition vinyl via War Crime Recordings. For orders go HERE.
In December 2019, THE WHITE SWAN recorded three songs and a cover of what can only be described as love songs. Lander has penned lyrics that chronicle the joy, desire, longing, and eventual feeling of completeness that comes with a romantic relationship. From the night drives through the snow in the early days, right through to the handcrafted guitar built as a wedding gift from her now husband, the intricacies of true love permeate every moment of Nocturnal Transmission.
Reprising a long-time creative relationship with producer Siegfried Meier, Lander felt both at home and re-energized by the familiarity and collaborative nature of their work. Recording took just two days, retaining many of the hallmarks of THE WHITE SWAN‘s earlier output, but adding a slightly polished sheen to proceedings. With vocal layering and touches of psychedelic synths adding textural elements to the songs, the result is an enveloping experience of fuzzed out guitars and molasses-like melody. Describing Nocturnal Transmission as a “turning point” for the band, the album art by collage artist Caitlyn Grabenstein reflects the feeling of standing on the precipice, staring into the unknown. Acknowledging that there will always be a constant sound to THE WHITE SWAN, Lander states that their main intention is to “grow and grow.” With an ever-developing sound and a solid combination of creative musicians in their ranks, Nocturnal Transmission is the latest in what is sure to be an ever expanding back catalog of triumphs.
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