Thanks to Revolver for premiering this madness.
IIVII (pronounced ivy), the drone/ambient project created by former Neurosis collaborator and founding member of Red Sparowes, Battle Of Mice, and A Storm Of Light, Josh Graham, will release their sophomore album ‘Invasion’ on June 23rd via Consouling Sounds.
Captured entirely by Graham, the follow-up to 2015’s critically-lauded ‘Colony’ debut album revolves around an invasion perpetrated by a species of alien origin. The artwork was also completed by Graham, who currently works as Soundgarden’s art director and has also collaborated with a variety of bands including Mastodon, Neurosis, Jesu, Shrinebuilder, ISIS, and The Dillinger Escape Plan.
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“Josh Graham is one of the most talented visual artists on the planet in my opinion, but not only that, he is also a very gifted musician. Under the name IIVII (pronounced “ivy”) he combines all of his magical powers to create music and visuals that are from another galaxy! His new LP is entitled Invasion, and will be coming out on June 23 via Consouling Sounds Records. Today we are SO STOKED to be premiering his new video for the song “Hidden Inside.” As I watch this visual, I think about my time living in London and being surrounded by video cameras while going about my day. We are constantly being watched, but live like no one is watching our every move. IIVII new video captures that and then some plus the music he created is spot on! You can pre-order Invasion Here!”
Josh Graham, former visual artist for Neurosis and A Storm of Light leader, also has a solo project called IIVII (pronounced “ivy”). He’s releasing a new album, Invasion, on June 23 via Consouling Records (pre-order), and we’re premiering the lead single, “Painless.” Though he’s got a metal pedigree, IIVII has him diving into dark-ambient and film score territory, and “Painless” is as good an example of this as any. Check out a visual here.
IIVII will participate in the 24 Hour Drone show happening at Basilica Hudson on Saturday (4/29) with Lee Ranaldo, Brian Chase & Yonatan Gat, Hubble, Shilpa Ray, and many more (tickets).
IIVII also has a Brooklyn show on June 29 at Saint Vitus with Bardspec (members of Enslaved and Today is the Day) (tickets). Those are his only upcoming shows at the moment.
Read More: IIVII (A Storm of Light, ex-Neurosis) releasing ‘Invasion’ (stream “Painless”) | http://www.brooklynvegan.com/iivii-a-storm-of-light-ex-neurosis-releasing-invasion-stream-painless/?trackback=tsmclip
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“Once again, the stargazer stage would top that, this time by the absolute highlight of this day. Josh Graham, a.k.a. IIVII was about to embark on a cosmic mission, inviting everyone to go with him. And what a beautiful set is was too, both musically and visually. I’ve witnessed this trip once before, then with some technical issues but today, IIVII was perfect. Top-shelf ambient and a stunning experience…”
The artwork of the solo-project from a Red Sparrowes band member alone, was enough for me to buy the album. Transcendental soundscapes featuring stunning imagery from outer space, this was hallucinating. I sat down in the Stargazer tent and after 10 minutes, I drifted away in a slumber with great soundscapes touching my ears. After a half hour, the set finished without a warning and the whole floor immediately awoke out of a deeply induced trance. A great diversion from the loud, up-tempo postrock on the main stage. This could go on for hours, but it had to end sometimes. A beautiful orchestra of ambient sci-fi for a movie that will never be.
IIVII, a project by Josh Graham, is premiering a new music video for the track “Black Galaxy” exclusively at mxdwn. Keep reading for details and a look at the video.
Graham is described on his official website as a creative director, musician and artist. He is involved in a number of projects aside from IIVII: he is one of the original members of Red Sparowes and of Battle Of Mice; he also plays in A Storm of Light. His other relations to the music industry involve formerly doing live visuals for acts like Neurosis and currently being the creative director for grunge and alt-rock staple Soundgarden.
IIVII is being called Graham’s “intergalactic space project” because of the ambient style of the music, and the visuals in “Black Galaxy” match this theme. While you’re listening to droning noises and rhythmic beats overlaid, you also see an astronaut suspended in space. He appears to be going through a black hole or portal of some sort, and at times might be going warp speed. Though much of the video is dark, the use of color is striking, especially in terms of the shades of red that show up less than 90 seconds into the video. The last minute of the visual stands out both thematically and visually. One reason the audio and video seem to match up so well could be that both of them feel simultaneously fast and slow. Watch the full five-minute clip below to experience “Black Galaxy.”