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THE DARK RED SEED - Debut Album Out In May Via Prophecy Productions

The Dark Red Seed, a musical outlet of Tosten Larson, guitarist for Seattle dark folk musician King Dude, will release on 18th May the debut album titled Becomes Awake through Prophecy Productions. A self-coined 'metaphor for the heart', The Dark Red Seed represents a direct reference to life - and death - itself. The duo also includes King Dude engineer Shawn Flemming.
The full-length follow-up to the group's 2017 debut EP, Stands With Death, a dark, dusty discourse on the departure and ultimate dissolution of life, Becomes Awake symbolizes a movement from darkness into light; finding balance through acceptance of one's own qualities of both the light and the dark; the good and the bad. The struggle of finding balance is never ending.
While King Dude channels dark folk in a manner that fits along with former tour mate Chelsea Wolfe, The Dark Red Seed veer down a much heavier path. Standing equally in the tradition of dark folk and modern heavy psych, Larson notes that the three albums that most inspired Becomes Awake are Spiritualized Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space, The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Page & Plant's No Quarter: Jimmy Page & Robert Plant Unledded. The resultant powerfully dark, rich sound of The Dark Red Seed carries an emotionally gripping weight that draws you in and refuses to let go.
The instrumentation and scales on Becomes Awake are heavily inspired by Indian and Persian music as well as Roman music. Densely arranged with string, horn and percussion sections the album features contributions from musicians Kelly Pratt (LCD Soundsystem, War On Drugs, St Vincent) and Steve Nistor (Sparks, Marissa Nadler, Daniel Lanois). The harmonic, rhythmic and formal structures release a potent richness and depth of sound created by the collision of Eastern and Western music and the merging of tones specific to each. If you want to know how this sounds then click on play button in the player below to listen to "Diana And Ouroboros Dance". Link