Thursday, 13 May 2010

PREVIEW: Heavy Winged - Fields Within Fields

Here's news straight from the Three Lobed mailout of the imminent new Heavy Winged LP.  One of our all time favourite bands that we totally dropped the ball on interviewing a couple of years back.  We did the interview, but never got to editing down the 16 page transcripts of it, so never wrote the feature.  Shame on us.  Here's a video of them playing in a old firestation, to show you why we are in their thrall:

Anyway, their latest album involves the entirely new concept of a recording studio and overdubs and is out on 15th June.  More from TLR:

Heavy Winged has continued to stretch their leathery, scarred, er,
wings and grow since their last release for Three Lobed Recordings,
2008's "Alive In My Mouth." From that time to the present the group
has ventured to release three complete albums ("Spreading Center,"
"Shaking, Waking" and "The Thinner The Air"), and a full-length
collaboration with Inca Ore, each displaying a few additional
wrinkles to Heavy Winged's sonic palette. While these additions to
the band's distorto-electro-bombast may be most apparent to those who
have closely tracked their total output, "Fields Within Fields," their
latest and, all hyperbole aside, greatest album to date, displays the
band's grand developments in a fashion apparent to even casual outside
observer. Every great band has that one totally assured statement
album. For Heavy Winged, it is "Fields Within Fields."

The band was determined to make "Fields Within Fields" into a
significant part of their discography from the very outset. In
October 2009, the band decided to enter the 5D Studios in Brooklyn to
engage in what would be a first-time experiment - recording in a multi-
track studio with overdubs planned from the session's start. Prior to
this experience the band's entire catalog was centered on displaying
their ferocious live spirit. Having already proven themselves to be
adept at creating grand and heavy statements in an improvised, one-
take-only setting, they felt that were ready for the challenge of
being both improvisational and composition-minded. The band hunkered
down for the session and even brought in some friends to help augment
the Heavy Winged vibe. Their time in 5D yielded the two dark fruits
which combine to form "Fields Within Fields."

Brutal and hard, "Among The Maori" leads the album off and encompasses
the entire first side of vinyl. The track opens with a slow,
deliberate fade into Jed Bindeman's tribal drumbeat. This beat may
start controlled but the track's velocity and volume continue to
accelerate, eventually turning "Among The Maori" into a highly tuned
jet engine. Ryan Hebert's guitar playing is exceptional throughout,
beginning with an initial prolonged banshee-like wailing and slowly
building and fully giving way to a fantastically cranking and grinding
post-metallic din by the track's conclusion. "Among The Maori" stands
out among the band's entire catalog as perhaps their truest moment.
The album's second side is fully dedicated to the drone doom opus "The
Hum Of The Universe." "The Hum..." adds Bob Jones on viola to the
band's three piece lineup. The results of this pairing are epic and
haunting. Jones' viola couples nicely with Brady Sansone's low-end
work to create a churning sound vortex that will pull you in and
release you only when the stylus reaches the run-out groove. "Fields
Within Fields" is a powerful and assured statement, one that strongly
rings "death to the new flesh - long live Heavy Winged's drone!"

“Fields Within Fields” is pressed on RTI vinyl and housed within a
textured old-style Stoughton tip-on sleeve bearing new artwork from
Rebecca Carlisle-Healy. The album will be accompanied by a download
coupon for DRM-free MP3s of the album. This one will be released on
June 15 but copies pre-ordered from Three Lobed will ship as soon as
they are on hand in advance of that date (likely mid-May). “Fields
Within Fields” is from a one-time pressing of approximately 1000
copies and costs $15 postpaid in the US, $19.00 to Canada and $26
postpaid to all non-US, non-Canadian locations. Copies of “Fields
Within Fields” pre-ordered by May 15, 2010 have the option of being
accompanied by "Infinite In Every Direction," a glass-mastered CD
(TLR-079) presenting an additional thirty-plus minutes of studio
material (including a long studio droner featuring a guest appearance
from White Hills' Dave W.) that is not available for individual
purchase. Add $2.50 to the aforementioned prices during the pre-order
phase to obtain this bonus CD. Ordering information is available here

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