Experimental metal and instrumental act Earth, have announced a new album Full Upon Her Burning Lips, which is set to be their ninth full length release. In addition, a new track entitled “Cats on the Briar,” which is set to be the third song off of the forthcoming album has been released.
This six minute instrumental song features members Dylan Carlson on guitar and bass and Adrienne Davies on drums and percussion. Much of the track is very minimal featuring straightforward rifts with the assorted instruments, and it is promoted as a “Morricone-charged epic,” in reference to famed composer Ennio Morricone, who is best known for scoring numerous Spaghetti western films.
“I wanted this to be a ‘sexy’ record, a record acknowledging the ‘witchy’ and ‘sensual’ aspects in the music… sort of a ‘witch’s garden’ kind of theme, with references to mind altering plants and animals that people have always held superstitious beliefs towards. A conjuror or root doctor’s herbarium of songs, as it were,” Carlson explained regarding the record’s aspirations.
In addition to this release, the band has also announced a new tour with their Sargent House label mates Helms Alee. This North American tour will see the band perform across 25 dates, beginning on May 24 in Seattle, Washington, until June 29 in Boise, Idaho.
Earlier this year Earth gave a performance at the Red Bull Music Festival in Ukraine, performing a live score for a silent 1920s Danish silent film Häxan. The duo were joined by bassis Bill Herzog for the performance, contributing nearly an hour and a half of music for the film.
Toward the end of last year Carlson was hospitalized in Europe, and forced to cancel a series of performances across the continent as a result. In(sic) 2010 I had liver failure,” Carlson explained on Twitter regarding his health issues. ”And was diagnosed with hepatitis B ‘wild type’, but the doctors here are saying there may now be something else going on in addition to that (currently awaiting more test results).”
Carlson has spoke a bit regarding what ideas contribute to his artistry, and has elaborated on how music is valued differently from other forms of media. He explains that unlike films or novels, people inherently assume that song writers write everything in the first person, making it difficult for people to separate the art from the artist conceptually.
“I think that music is still treated differently. You can make a movie or write a book from a character who has a different point of view than your own, but if you write a song doing that same thing, everyone assumes that it is ‘from your heart/soul’ and thinks it is your point of view or agenda,” Carlson explained in an interview with 15 Questions.” Especially if from a reprehensible or politically suspect point of view.”
Full Upon Her Burning Lips — Track Listing:
1. Datura’s Crimson
2. Exhaltation of Larks
3. Cats on the Briar
4. The Color of Poison
5. Descending Belladonna
6. She Rides
7. Maidens Catafalque
8. An Unnatural Carousel
9. The Mandrake’s Hymn
10. A Wretched Country of Dusk