New York/Portland instrumental duo, INSECT ARK have released their new album, Marrow Hymns via Profound Lore.
The Portland/NYC pair seamlessly fuse elements of horror-ﬁlm soundtracks, psychedelic doom, and atmospheric noise into something otherworldly. They’ll be taking their instrumental intensity on the road as they hit Europe; the band will perform at Roadburn Festival as well as take in select dates with Gnod. Full dates below.
Marrow Hymns is streaming via Noisey alongside an in-depth interview, and is available to purchase physically or stream/buy via all digital outlets.
Marrow Hymns is INSECT ARK‘s first release written and recorded as a duo; it is the follow up to 2015’s critically acclaimed album, Portal/Well. INSECT ARK’s intensely visual music weaves interludes of fragile beauty with crushing passages of swirling doom, wordlessly painting an ominous landscape.
Residing on opposite coasts, the two halves of the INSECT ARK whole – comprised of Schechter (bass, lap steel guitar, synthesizers) and Ashley Spungin (drums, synthesisers) – converged to record the album with engineer Ethan Donaldson at Mozart St Studios in Brooklyn, NY, over the course of eighteen months.Overdubs and further writing/arrangements were done after Spungin’s return to Portland in the isolation of Schechter’s home studio. The sense of distance and vast emptiness remained intact in the songs, built out over many long nights. Marrow Hymns’ song themes of displacement, loss, and isolation are personal journals of that time period, as both members found themselves simultaneously experiencing existential crises. However, the album also tells a story of strength and determination, made from the marrow of these two women, a song for all things that struggle to survive.
INSECT ARK will play the following shows:
5 April- Brooklyn, NY – (Record Release show) @ Elsewhere w/ Martin Rev/Wolf Eyes/
Mystic Ruler & Bentley Anderson
19 April – Tilburg – NL- Roadburn Festival
28 April – Västerås, SE – Nya Perspektiv
05 May – Nijmegen, NL – Doornroosje Festival w/ Gnod
06 May – Brussels, BE – Magazin 4 w/ Gnod
08 May – Lille, FR – La Malterie w/ Gnod
10 May – Utrecht, NL – BD’s w/ Gnod
11 May – Diskmuide, BE – 4AD w/ Gnod
12 May – Paris, FR – Espace B w/ Gnod
16 May – Prague, CZ – 007
18 May – Bratislava, SK – Fuga
20 May- Leipzig, DE – Akko
23 May – Berlin, DE – Schokoladen
About INSECT ARK:
Creating a soundtrack to the human psyche’s underbelly, INSECT ARK’s psychedelic doom weaves a brooding, textural landscape, a starless night spiked with light and ash. The duo braids together delay-drenched lapsteel, drums, distorted bass & synths to create a sonic mural, both uncomfortably intimate and icy cold. For fans of: Earth, Tangerine Dream, Oranssi Pazuzu, Swans.
Formed in late 2011, INSECT ARK began in NYC as the one-woman solo project of bassist/multi-instrumentalist/composer and video artist Dana Schechter (related projects: M. Gira’s Angels of Light, Wrekmeister Harmonies, Zeal & Ardor, Gnaw). Portland-based drummer and analog electronics builder Ashley Spungin (related projects: Taurus/Purple Rhinestone Eagle/Negative Queen ) joined in 2015 during the touring for Portal/Well. Both women have roots firmly in making work with no borders – they are DIY makers, multi-instrumentalists, gearheads, and visual artists.