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ARTIST
TITLE
Lair Of The Glowing Bantling
FORMAT
LP

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CATALOG #
PENSKE 001LP PENSKE 001LP
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RELEASE DATE
2/10/2017

Woven Skull began playing together in 2008 in the empty sparse Irish countryside, in a house owned by two of the members and located at the foot of Sheemore. These atmospheric surroundings helped to forge their music, which has been described as "minimal, repetitive, distorted, ugly and beautiful in one." The trio spent several years experimenting with combinations of instrumentation, household objects, kitchen utensils, seashells, footsteps, chimes, recordings of cats purring and frogs mating, while developing a sound that, after a recent set, was described as "a Turkish Velvet Underground." Within the group, song writing is split equally between Aonghus on densely propulsive guitar and Natalia on distorted mandola. These are glued together by the endless cyclical rhythms created by Willie and inspired by the sounds of the bogs and woods that surround his home: from syncopated cattle calls, to the beating wings of bats in the night, to the creaking of trees as they push against each other in the wind. Woven Skull have recorded in dark haunted woods, beside bottom-less lakes, and in the attics of abandoned houses. Lair Of The Glowing Bantling, is their first studio album and captures a sound that's more in line with their live performance than past releases, which have been a mix of lo-fi practice tapes, outdoor recordings and segments from collaborative sets. Giving the album an 8/10, Norman Records said this about the record: "the band recall the ramshackle anthems of Exuma and the spirited improv of Six Organs Of Admittance, suggesting that without furious discipline they can make very beautiful sounds. It's within them to make pretty music, but for the most part Lair Of The Glowing Bantling sounds like it's shaking itself from nightmare to existence." RIYL: Six Organs Of Admittance, Natural Snow Buildings, Ilyas Ahmed.