Published Oct 08, 2013Canadian post-rock practitioner Eric Quach has been making waves in ambient drone circles for years now thanks to his work with the now-defunct instrumental rock outfit Destroyalldreamers and his ongoing solo project Thisquietarmy. But the guitar-based audio bruiser has enlisted the help of a five-piece backing band for his newest LP, Hex Mountains, which is due out October 18 through Denovali Records.
Recorded in the Basque countryside and urban locales across Canada, the album was later stitched together in a studio back home to "extract its essence," according to a press release, resulting in Thisquietarmy's "heaviest and darkest album yet."
Supported by session musicians including drummer Scotty Rooney (Alaskan), bassist Dorian Williamson (Northumbria/Adoran), and vocalists Émilie Bresson and Jeanne Peluard (Monarch), Quach's ambient atmospheres took on an even more punishing sound, resulting in "thundering drums, thick foggy bass and witch-like shrieks, while retaining Thisquietarmy's signature drone-based soundscapes."
The four-track album will be issued on CD, as well as two separate coloured editions of vinyl. In celebration of the release, Denovali will also be reissuing Thisquietarmy's sophomore LP, Blackhaunter, for the first time on vinyl.
In support of the new album, Quach and his band will be touring Europe before playing a few Canadian shows. You can see the Canuck dates below and the Euro dates over here.
1. From Darkness
3. Digital Witchcraft
4. Spirits in Oblivion
12/04 Toronto, ON - Music Gallery
12/05 Guelph, ON - Silence Sounds
12/16 Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo