Not even two months after the release of their masterful collaborative album ‘Critical; Mass’ Washington, DC-based duo REQUIEM and UK-based experimental cellist Simon McCorry are back with a follow up album titled “Joy; Division”. Slated for an October 16th release via Woodford Halse Records, the new offering is darker and heavier in scope to feed the frenzy of the past year, but maintains a cinematic, post rock and ambient journey that you will surely enjoy and appreciate. Today, we’re pleased to give you their new track and moody music video for the song “Public; Domain”!
Requiem is the cinematic, neo-classical, ambient focused, post-rock project of Tristan Welch (Guitar, Electronics) and Douglas Kallmeyer (Bass, Electronics, Production) out of Washington D.C. Their latest release features collaborator Simon McCorry (Cello) from the UK.
After releasing their first round of work this year to rave reviews (Critical; Mass on Hush Hush Records) – Requiem & Simon McCorry are pleased to announce the full length titled ‘Joy; Division’ to be released via Woodford Halse Records on October 16th.
Together these three artists create strikingly powerful instrumental music filtered through a prism both haun.ng and gorgeous. A masterful fusion of their cinema.c and minimal strengths, the album’s long form pieces swell and sway between ambient, drone, neo-classical, and psychedelic zones for a sound that serves as a reflection of the musician’s desire for connection amidst an apocalyptic, harrowing, and dramatic backdrop.
For fans of: Stars of the lid, Amulets, GY!BE, Arvo Part
Douglas’ fascination with sound systems and sonic experimentation has led to a series of releases and collaborations across genre on various labels (from the classic UK experimental imprint Em:t to his own Verses Records). His work draws equally from studio immersion and sound design as the energy experienced as a performer and live mixing artist for a list of bands that include Blonde Redhead, Beauty Pill and Phantogram.
Tristan’s focused alternative guitar compositions draw comparison to Noveller and Tim Hecker (most notably 40 Hours, Ambient Distress and Temporary Preserva.on) . His steadily growing catalogue reflects his prolific nature and strong DIY ethic. Simon is a classically trained cellist and composer, whose work is a rich combination of field recordings, adept loop based cello compositions and atmospheric improvisations that explore the rich sonic possibili.es of the cello through a host of treatments and approaches. His releases are featured on labels including See Blue Audio, Polar Seas Recordings, and Whitelabelrecs.
Simon McCorry: The secret life of clouds
“I started focussing on making on time-lapses with the first lockdown in the UK at the start of the covid pandemic.” – comments Simon.
“Being confined to the house the one thing I thought we all shared was the sky. I figured out the techniques to make fluid rather than stuttering images by slowing down the shutter speed with ND filters and over the course of several months took time lapses of clouds. I learnt a few things about clouds. One is that when the breeze is very low the movement of a cloud can be in an opposing direction.
𝐶𝑙𝑜𝑢𝑑𝑠 𝑠𝑒𝑒𝑚 𝑡𝑜 𝑚𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝑏𝑦 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑤𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑣𝑎𝑝𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑎𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑟 𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑒𝑑𝑔𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑙𝑜𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑤𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑣𝑎𝑝𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑒𝑣𝑎𝑝𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑎𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑟 𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑒𝑑𝑔𝑒. 𝐼𝑡’𝑠 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑙𝑜𝑢𝑑 𝑖𝑠 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑛 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑤𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑣𝑎𝑝𝑜𝑢𝑟.
They processes water vapour much like we process food, water and air. Changing the time spans of perception reveals new patterns, new similarities between different and seemingly disparate processes. Things which seem inanimate become alive. Our movement become part of an intricate counterpoint. This doesn’t diminish our ‘intelligence’ or ‘agency’ but elevates that of everything else arounds us.”
Adds Woodford Halse Records: “It’s an absolute thrill to be releasing the new album from Requiem and Simon McCorry.”
“I see this long player as a huge step forward for Woodford Halse as the label steps slightly sideways from the electronica that we’re probably better known for, into lesser trodden paths. The artistry and complexity of this collection, alongside the stunning video (created by Mark Holden using Simon’s beautiful time lapse photography) still gives me chills even after living with it for several months. A true high point of 2021.”