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Wreche

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Angel City 06:55
Amber lit angels Mitred children Of Arnold's spirits Winged creatures Through tidewater glow Enrapture disciples Longing for immortality Within azure shroud Fish in a coral sea Are birds soaring A speculum historiale The small figures in corners Of golden scripts Like that distant planet King of the sea The writhings Of an empty blue nothing
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Fata Morgana 13:23
Forever with you My darling, my bride You dwell in the cliffs of my mind Forever, my bride In a cliff by the sea I drink your blood in misery And in shadows cast memories "We are of one flesh, but separate like stars" You are the silence in my heart Lovers bear what Mother tears apart Do you know how long I have been waiting for this moment that right now isn't happening? I drowned dreaming of the day you would hold me high in final safety. Worlds passed beneath me while I sat gazing at an image in my mind. My whole life has been lived for this moment--it's as real as my sanity; how slowly through our love we build a hell around us Shadows surround me Voices remind me That you are not real You keep living I'll keep dying
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Petals 03:20
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Vessel 08:22
Black gulch Sodden mirror of triumph Great obelisks Reaching the clouds Lit timbers cooled by rain Looming over my back My kneeling eyes Whose visions in obscurity Cast a blighted glance Before disturbing the image Of loneliness Daunted dreams stand on my back As my window lights its face

about

There’s nothing here but heat and dust, dust and light, time and space—no great upheaval beyond the mute accumulation of aeons, no setback beyond the routine catastrophe of morning sunrise. Daylight sears and returns every speck of rock and sand, every pore and follicle of human pride and daily grime, each miserable stick of charred inedible plant life back to the perfect sterility of lunar space. What passion could be conceived here, what sin, what germ? In the shade it’s 129 degrees. On the asphalt it’s 180. In such climate the body can lose a gallon of water in just a few hours. As the brain begins to coagulate it envisions water everywhere. Across the road, the dead lattice of the dwarf trees twists, blurs and pulses like seaweed inhaling the crests of coastal waves. The undulating layers of fossilized strata stain the cliffs with the leak and drip of virgin springs. The highway mirage ripples cold with alpine refreshment. The pale granite domes high above the scrub pines scream of melting snow. The coyote rotting off the roadside reeks of healing sulfur hot springs. Water— the last thing you’ll find and the only thing you need.


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The next phase of a long-standing collaboration between pianist John Steven Morgan and drummer Barret Baumgart.

Wreche remains consistent with the duo's earlier minimalist exploration of piano and drum derived gloom however this debut finds the two pushing even harder at the possibilities of genre, luring staccato keys and crushing blast beats into a previously uncharted terrain in which black metal and classical vie for privilege, hope, and death in smog laden basin of suntanned predation and persistent misery.

Black metal from the city of shattered dreams.

“The desert has suddenly become cool... The millennials think it’s authentic."--LA Times

credits

released May 26, 2017

John Steven Morgan--Piano and Vocals
Barret Baumgart--Drums

Recorded at Studio 459 in Los Angeles by John Steven Morgan & Crosby Morgan. All songs written by John Steven Morgan. Mixed and Mastered by Colin Marston at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves, Queens, NY. Art & Design by Max Moriyama & Athena Wisotsky.

Handsmade [OAKLAND, CA], 2020
Acephale Winter Productions, 2020
Fragile Branch Records, 2017

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