Wrekmeister Harmonies' new album, The Alone Rush, their first
as the core duo of JR Robinson and Esther Shaw, is a hauntingly
intense and dark meditation on death and isolation, whose concise
compositions carry an emotional heft without the orchestrated
bombast of their previous four albums.
The Alone Rush retains Wrekmeister Harmonies' expansive and
ambitious aesthetic, blending waves of ethereal keyboards, haunting
string melodies, and crescendos of dissonance, but now turns central
focus towards Robinson's deep, rich, and soothing vocals.
The two guests involved in The Alone Rush are longtime friend and
Swans drummer Thor Harris, performing minimal drums and clarinet, as well as acclaimed New York producer/engineer Martin Bisi.
Over the course of their five albums on Thrill Jockey Wrekmeister
Harmonies have veered from drone to modern classical, outrock and
extreme metal, curating and orchestrating the talents of such varied
underground luminaries as Godspeed! You Black Emperor, David
Yow of The Jesus Lizard, Chip King and Lee Buford of The Body,
Marissa Nadler, Jef Whitehead of Leviathan, Alexander Hacke
of Einst rzende Neubauten, Sanford Parker of Minsk, the freeimprov
cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, Chris Brokaw of Come, and jazz
composer Ken Vandermark.