Wrekmeister Harmonies

15/01/2021 Adrien Kremer


Thrill Jockey Records






Adrien Kremer


Wrekmeister Harmonies will return with their most sonically varied album to date, Light Falls. On Light Falls, the core of Wrekmeister, JR Robinson (vocals, guitar) and Esther Shaw (keyboards, piano, violin, vocals), are joined by Godspeed You! Black Emperormusicians 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) make guest appearances on the album as well.

The title of the album originates from the text of If This Is A ManPrimo Levi’s meditation on the year the author spent as an inmate at Auschwitz. The Italian Jewish chemist and anti-fascist resistance fighter suggested in this seminal work that inhumanity comes about when things change slowly and people begin accepting things that they would 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.”

Light Falls will be released on 16th September via Thrill Jockey. The album artwork was designed by legendary outsider artist Nick Blinko (Rudimentary Peni).

Following the critical success of Night Of Your Ascension last November, Wrekmeister Harmonies have toured relentlessly with the likes of Marissa NadlerBell Witch, and members of Dead to a Dying World throughout North America and Europe. Wrekmeister will be touring North America and Europe in the new 5-piece format later this year. Dates to be announced soon.



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