Current traveling hobo set up includes.
6 channel mixer
Fostex 4 Track
Arturia Mini Brute
TC Helicon Voice Live 3 (loops and effects)
Mac masquerading as Hal 9000, running Ableton, Reason & Protools.
2 USB synths
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.”
Josh Graham is currently best known for the metal band A Storm Of Light (who recently appeared in our list of the top 40 post-metal albums), but lately he’s explored a very different direction with his project IIVII (pronounced “Eve”) conjuring electronic soundscapes. Next week he will release the project’s debut album Colony, which we’re streaming in full.
It’s not unheard of for metal and ambience to mix, but rather than something like Burzum’s Filosofem, Graham feels closer to Fenriz’s Darkthrone-side project, Neptune Towers, by pushing off from metal’s earthy roots and into deep space. Colony is a record that embraces science fiction tones, often feeling like the soundtrack to some unfilmed epic through all its textured drift and bubbling synths.
Stream Colony below and grab it September 4 via Consouling Sounds.
Josh Graham’s A Storm of Light project focused on the dirge and purge of doom, punk and more, following in the footsteps and expanding on the teachings of his alma mater, Neurosis. Now with his new project called IIVII, Graham delves deep into uncharted territory to explore dark synth soundscapes and ambient. The new track, perfectly named “Black Galaxy” and featuring an astronaut-like figure on the artwork, sounds like the score for a trip into the great black beyond. Check out the new track below for the first time and order yours via Consouling Sounds but gas up first, you aren’t coming home for a while.
IIVII is the solo project of visual artist, multi-instrumentalist and composer, Josh Graham. A founding member of Red Sparowes and Battle Of Mice, Graham currently plays in A Storm Of Light, and has also made appearances with Jarboe, Blood And Time, Tombs, Syndrome, Fallen Black Deer, and Tribes Of Neurot.
IIVII focuses on sonically engulfing and moody soundscapes, layered with a science-fiction edge. This approach has allowed Graham to expand his sonic body of work and explore new electronic territory, focusing on the subtle orchestration and manipulation of dense sonic atmospheres, rather than the bombastic approach found in A Storm Of Light.
Depicting a derelict space colony in view of Saturn, the artwork was also completed by Graham, who currently serves as art director to Soundgarden, and has also worked with many bands including, Neurosis, Jesu, Shrinebuilder, Sleep, Vattnet Viskar, and ISIS.
IIVII’s debut album is set for a September release on Consouling Sounds. The album will be available digitally, on CD and on vinyl. More info to be announced in the coming weeks
“I’ve seen things, you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.”
“I’ve known adventures, seen places you people will never see. I’ve been Offworld and back…frontiers! I’ve stood on the back deck of a blinker bound for the Plutition Camps with sweat in my eyes watching the stars fight on the shoulder of Orion. I’ve felt wind in my hair, riding test boats off the black galaxies and seen an attack fleet burn like a match and disappear. I’ve seen it, felt it!”