As a storm moves in or a shadow creeps up, Scott Churchman’s new album, Ignore That Noise, is now upon us! We are both joyous and solemn, for we’ve yearned to haunt others with these uncanny snapshots of horrors and hexes, real and imagined.
The music is, as ever, spare and beautiful, unique as it is unnerving. It’s bound to rest in the waking and dreaming mind alike.
The void left in the wake of Scott Churchman’s last album (2010’s self-titled album, SGMG07) is considerable. After a long wait, his new album, Ignore That Noise, is slated for release on cassette tape and digital download March 5th, 2013. It’s reliably dark and careful while still stretching itself into jarring new forms, as one may expect from such a cloudy wonder of a man.
“Above The Sky,” the first single from Ignore That Noise, is as deliberate and unnerving as it is evocative. But evocative of what? The unknown? Fear in general? We do not know. The emotion is there but a fog prevails. Sounds roll steadily along like hooves over cobblestone and curtains, waves of deep mystery bloom and recede.
“In fact there’s also Melanesian legends about the origin of music with the flute. The story is that once the wind was blowing through a branch of a tree and it scared all the women. And the men said, ‘At last we have a way to scare the women.’ And they cut off the branch and began blowing in it. And that’s the Melanesian origin for music.” - Stan Brakhage