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New SUNN O))) to Drop in May

February 14, 2009

SUNN O))) are set to release their seventh studio album, entitled Monoliths & Dimensions. The album features guest musicians, enigmatic Hungarian vocalist Attila Csihar (MAYHEM, TORMENTOR, etc.), and slow music godfather Dylan Carlson (EARTH), as well as Julian Priester (who worked with SUN RA in the 50s, John Coltrane’s African Brass band, and Herbie Hancock’s Sextant band) and new-music horn player Stuart Dempster. There’s also an upright bass trio, French and English horns, harp and flute duo, piano, brass, reed & strings ensembles, and a Viennese woman’s choir led by Persian vocal savant Jessika Kenney.

The band took an approach concentrating on more of allusion toward the timbre of feedback and the instruments involved, so the piece is really illusory, beautiful and not entirely linear. They stated that the end product is “the most musical piece we’ve done, and also the heaviest, powerful and most abstract set of chords we’ve laid to tape.”

The album was recorded and mixed by Randall Dunn and Mell Dettmer at various points over the last two years, and will be released late May 2008. Monoliths & Dimensions is practice in density, gravity and momentum.

Monoliths & Dimensions track listing: “Aghartha” (17:34) “Big Church [megszentségteleníthetetlenségeskedéseitekért]” (09:43) “Hunting & Gathering (Cydonia)” (10:02) “Alice” (16:21)