Cortége to Release Capricorn Later This Month; Track Streaming Now


What seems like a pretty straight-ahead take on Earth‘s drone rock circa HEX: Or Printing in the Infernal Method takes a turn as Austin, Texas, duo Cortége make their way deeper into “Horizons,” the lead streaming track from their upcoming debut album, Capricorn. Synth and bells and who the hell knows what else take hold in a more amorphous-feeling setting, less ‘of place’ than ‘formerly of place,’ and thus all the more ethereal. It’s an enticing lead-in for the album — though it’s not the opener — which will see issue on Sept. 27 as the two-piece of Mike Swarbrick and Adrian Voorhies self-release on CD and LP to coincide with a yet-unannounced East Coast tour that, presumably, will take them into Canada as well. Side note: the album is dedicated to the rhythm section from The Who. Curious as to why.

Either way, you know how I go on all the time about how there are all different kinds of heavy and something doesn’t necessarily need to be loud or aggressive to bear a feeling of weight? Well here you go.

From the PR wire:

Cortege Capricorn

Austin, TX’s Cortége Brings Post-Western Doom/Drone on Forthcoming Debut Album ‘Capricorn’

Post-Western Doom/Drone Duo Cortége will release debut album Capricorn on September 27 on CD and vinyl LP. Members Mike Swarbick and Adrian Voorhies (ex-Canyon of the Skull, ex-Humut Tabal) create a listening experience that is at once heavy, experimental, and utterly cinematic, a primary feature thereof the captivate tones of tubular bells, as well as Roland string synthesizer, Moog Taurus synthesizer, and waterphone.

Exploring the wide dynamic between the two players,Capricorn is a monster work and the most musically varied recording to date. Although keeping the traditional instrumental theme throughout, the album explores the story of a misguided and waylaid explorer of space and his experiences in a foreign world. Complete with a fully illustrated comic book insert to help listeners along in the story and an accompanying music video directed by Lake Travis Film Festival founder and director Kat Albert, the record takes the band’s deepest influences to a wide and poignant actualization.

Now with their first international dates booked and an sprawling East Coast tour scheduled in support of Capricorn for the late Fall, the band readies themselves to cover more ground than ever before.

The vinyl LP version of Capricorn features beautiful transparent white vinyl, and includes a comic book by Dan Marschner detailing the story and concept of the album via gorgeous illustrations inspired by sci-fi pop art of decades past.

Cortége will hit the stage for a CD release show on September 27 at Skull Mechanix Brewing in Austin, TX with Sheverb and Bridge Farmer, which will include the live premiere of an official video directed by Kat Albert (Lake Travis Film Festival).

Pre-order Capricorn:

FFO: Earth, Hawkwind, Bell Witch, Ennio Morricone, King Crimson

Track Listing

1. Aurora
2. The Watch
3. Occultation
4. Horizons
5. Capricorn

Album Credits:
Produced by Cortége
Engineered by Kevin Sparks III in Austin, Texas
Mastered by Margaret Luthar at Chicago Mastering Service
Photography & Layout by Thomas Blom
Additional artwork by Jim Webb
This record is dedicated to John Entwistle & Keith Moon

Cortége plays Serek basses and Sonor drums

Cortége is:
Mike Swarbrick – Bass Guitar, Synthesizers, Percussion & Tape Delay
Adrian Voorhies (ex Canyon of the Skull, ex Humut Tabal) – Drums

Cortége, Capricorn (2019)

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