Slight Birching 'Cultural Envelope' (album stream)

Slight Birching 'Cultural Envelope' (album stream)
On August 12, Vancouver soundscaper Sean Travis Ramsey will release his latest collection as Slight Birching. Before Cultural Envelope is officially released, it's available to stream here at Exclaim.ca.

The collection's 11 songs bend acoustic music into strange, atmospheric directions. Opener "Autodidact" begins with swaths of distortion, which suddenly melt away as the song turns into a stripped-down rock groove.

This proves to be a trend throughout the album, as straightforward, rootsy passages drift in and out of focus while making room for spooky drones and bleak sci-fi tones. The album is said to be inspired by "humanity's fascination with creating complex structures, systems, and beliefs that separate us from nature."

Hear Slight Birching's spacious lunar folk below.