London-based multi-instrumentalist Alexander Shields aka A Grave With No Name has shared the reverb-drenched single, “When I Pass Through Here” from his upcoming album Passover. Passover is available January 19th via Forged Artifacts.
Speaking about the track, Alexander said, “Amidst the studio sessions for ‘Passover’’ it became apparent that this song’s message of confronting and shedding our regrets, in order to become a better person and make a positive mark on the world – however small that may be – fitted in perfectly within the album’s narrative.”
For some years now A Grave With No Name has been mining a distinctive vein of haunted art-rock, to spellbinding effect. His sixth album ‘Passover’ is his most most vital and poetic release to date, presenting the artist’s wide-ranging musical approaches so far, and forging skillful, at times surprising, new sounds from those unique textures.
Shields wrote the songs, which he describes as a set of “interlocking short-stories”, during a stay in his family home in the wake of his grandmother’s death – a home he shared with her throughout his young life. As such, a spectral presence makes itself known throughout ‘Passover’, with themes such as the mortality of loved ones, and returning to the bosom of the family being explored, alongside a burning questioning of the comforts of religion and ceremony, and our attempts to reconcile the elemental with the domestic.
Whereas previous records such as 2014’s ‘Feathers Wet, Under the Moon’ saw him working with a large ensemble of players including members of Lambchop, Silver Jews, and guitarist William Tyler, ‘Passover’ reflects its intimate themes by pairing Shields with childhood friend, drummer Daniel Paton, and brings aboard bassist Ben Reed who worked on Frank Ocean’s ‘blond(e)’ and ‘Endless’ albums. Recording once again at London’s Holy Mountain studios with producer Misha Hering, Shields creates meticulously crafted tapestries by weaving field recordings, and ambient sounds through the looms of melodic tape-warped country-rock (“By the Water’s Edge”, “Wreath”), haunted skeletal folk (“Hot Blood”, “Hunter”) and lonesome string ballads (“Wren”).
A culmination of all that came before it, yet a singular achievement in its ambition and scope, ‘Passover’ makes a remarkable addition to an already fascinating catalogue.
See A Grave With No Name live:
23rd Jan – Olympic Cafe, Paris FR
25th Jan – The Waiting Room, London UK