Ancestors kick ass, and I have yet to hear anything in their catalog to change my mind. The announcement just came in that the L.A. band will be issuing a new EP in June called Invisible White that will mark the recorded debut of Moog/synth specialist Matt Barks. The release is something of a surprise, but I can’t wait to hear what they’ve come up with this time around. Good band.
While I go break out my copy of Of Sound Mind, here’s this from the PR wire:
Los Angeles-based psychedelic rock quintet Ancestors will release an EP of all new music titled Invisible White on June 21 via Tee Pee Records. The follow up to the group’s sophomore album Of Sound Mind, Invisible White marks the debut of new member Matt Barks on Moog / modular synthesizers and charts a new course for the band’s progressive, colorful sound.
“This record showcases another side of the band,” comments Ancestors guitarist Justin Maranga. “It’s a project that we’ve been talking about doing for a long time and with the addition of Matt to the lineup, we knew it would be a while before we were able to get the next full-length out, so we decided that now was a good time to do this. We went into the studio with rough acoustic skeletons of the songs written and essentially let the songs chart their own course. It was a really different approach for us, as we normally go into the studio knowing exactly what is going to happen.”
Invisible White was recorded at Los Angeles‘ Bright Street Recorders (Lykee Li, Sia, Grant Lee Phillips) on a 20-channel mixing desk formerly owned by James Brown. The songs on the EP feature a hybrid of orchestral and electronic instruments and assume an almost cinematic, film score feel augmented by guest musicians playing violin and vibraphone. Simultaneously playing to the strengths of psychedelia, prog and even rhythm and blues, the music retains Ancestors’ exploratory approach and adds a hauntingly emotional impact, pushing the band’s sound into interstellar overdrive.
Ancestors, Invisible White track listing:
1. Invisible White (7:22)
2. Dust (7:40)
3. Epilogue (14:07)
Tags: Ancestors, California, Los Angeles, Tee Pee Records