For Immediate Release:
EXPERIMENTAL, DISTORTION LADEN, VOCALS-AS-INSTRUMENT RELEASE BY TEXAS DUO:
Featuring Vocalist And Multi-instrumentalist Sarah Ruth Alexander
and Guitarist Gregg Prickett (Unconscious Collective)
New Album Titled, Far From the Silvery Light, Set For Summer 2016 Release on Tofu Carnage Records
Dallas, TX, April 13, 2016 – The debut release by experimental Texas duo, They Say the Wind Made Them Crazy, is set for summer 2016. The album titled, Far From the Silvery Light, will be available on 180-gram vinyl (with album art and photography by Ginger Berry) and as digital download.
The music is dense, dark, and emotional. The duo creates deeply experimental, avant-garde folk music with wordless vocals, distortion, drone, nerve rattling low end, classical guitar and storytelling segments. Sarah Ruth Alexander performs on hammer dulcimer, harmonium, recorder, bells, vocals, and effects while Gregg Prickett performs on electric and acoustic guitar, upright bass, cedar flute, and shakers.
Movement Magazine explains "these aren’t songs; they’re experimental, neo-noir meditations…it’s her voice that never ceases to command the spotlight. Operatic in its trenchant emotional pull-pristine, crystalline, penetrating, soaring-Sarah Ruth’s vocal gymnastics are mesmerizing." And the Dallas Observer adds "Prickett's new project They Say the Wind Made Them Crazy takes the howling, primal despair behind Unconscious Collective even further. A duo with vocalist (and frequent Unconscious Collective collaborator) Sarah Ruth Alexander, Prickett's guitar work in this group is a master class in emotive, understated, textural playing. He adheres to the idea that music, the pure sonics of it, can fundamentally change our perception of the world."
“We wanted to give the myriad ghosts of the plains, past and far future, a voice in the present so the subject matter of the album deals with bloodshed, strife, the love and the loss of the southern and high plains," the duo explain. "Our goal is to channel the ghosts of our ancestors and our descendants and even our own ghosts through a kind of sonic trepanation every time we perform. Therefore, the production of the album had to reflect our method of performance so all pieces contain varying degrees of improvisation or are pure improvisation; even the few set pieces were composed by improvising and overdubs were used only when deemed absolutely necessary on a few tracks.“
Far From the Silvery Light was recorded live at Klearlight Studio (Erykah Badu, The Flaming Lips, Ariel Pink, Absu) in the summer of 2015 and was engineered by Jimi Bowman who also did the mix on all tracks. The song "Tseena" was recorded at Echo Lab and was engineered by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Melvins, Sleep, Pallbearer, Agalloch) and Justin Collins. The record was produced by They Say the Wind Made Them Crazy, and mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate, Sunn O))), Earth, Nadja).
The ten tracks on the album are 1. "Puha," 2. "Holy Longing," 3. "A Rose for Love, a Stone for Killing," 4. "Obsidian in Aorta," 5. "Comanchería ," 6. "The Last to Know the Stars," 7. "Tseena," 8. "Moon Follows Blood," 9. "Red Blood Green Grass" and 10. "Strong Hands of the Dead."
The band cites artists like Meredith Monk, Yma Sumac, Cocteau Twins, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Krzysztof Penderecki, Leo Brouwer as influences and has performed live with acts like Dead To A Dying World, New Science Projects, The Angelus, Chris Corsano, Tatsuya Nakatani, Elliot Levine, Ewan Dobson, and MFM. Find the band online at
soundcloud.com/tstwmtc. The label can be found at
tofucarnage.com and on Twitter