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WAXWORM - Exclusive Streaming Premiere Of The First Track From Forthcoming Debut Album


The new industrial-tinged project, WaxWorm, featuring Arthur Brown (based in Sydney, Australia) and Duncan Evans (former member of A Forest Of Stars, Moonlow), will release the debut album entitled Mea Kulpa on 23rd July via Trepanation Recordings, and today Terra Relicta web magazine is premiering the first track and album opener named "Mutus Liber". The track, and as well the entire album is hard to categorize properly, it's a dark experimental thing based on electronic and largely instrumental paterns.

The album Mea Kulpa is the product of several collaborative sessions between its creators (some in-person and some conducted remotely) which began in 2008. The project was shelved and revisited several times, and was finally completed in 2021.

The album is an expression of and a reaction to the fear, loneliness and dejection that can arise in all of us as we navigate the uncertainties and contradictions of human existence. Accordingly, the record is sometimes unsettling and disturbing, but it also brings catharsis and consolation.

Duncan Evans commented about the track: ""Mutus Liber" is named after a 17th century book about alchemy. It is the first song Arthur and I wrote and produced together for WaxWorm. We used a lot of unusual sound sources including a cigarette lighter (for the drum sounds) and combined these with synths. We added chant-like hypnotic layered vocals. The sound borrows from doom metal as much as from industrial and electronic music. I like the juxtaposition of the warm vocal harmonies with the aggressive noise of the synths."

About the album Duncan adds: “I’m really excited that Mea Kulpa, the upcoming WaxWorm album, is going to be released this summer. The project, which is a collaboration between me and my friend Arthur Brown, grew out of just throwing sounds and ideas around and letting the music evolve naturally. We wanted to make something heavy without using guitars, and we also wanted to borrow some ideas from electronic music and industrial. We’re really proud of the way the music turned out. We call dark electro-chaos, and we hope you enjoy the record.”

Incorporating brooding ambient soundscapes, skittering beats, dissonant noise, distorted synth patterns, and yet more, the record draws influence from styles including dark ambient, industrial, metal, and electronic dance music. Occasionally, recordings of household objects and real instruments are twisted and contorted to fit within the makeup of the otherworldly synth textures. Lyrics and vocals were only used where they seemed to be necessary, with layered vocals on a few tracks sung by Evans and Brown. Listen now to "Mutus Liber" exclusively here in the player below.

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