Published Dec 02, 2015Last week, we learned that Aaron Turner's Sumac would soon be hitting Phil Elverum's studio with Kurt Ballou to track another LP, but presumably before we hear anything from that he will issue another album with his longtime project, Mamiffer. A set titled The World Unseen will be revealed this March via SIGE Records.
A press release notes that the band's Turner and Faith Coloccia have put together another album that's "slow without resorting to doom platitudes." Writing sessions date back to 2011, though recordings were handled by Randall Dunn at Seattle's AVAST! Studio between 2013 and 2014.
Thematically, the collection is said to be "an exploration of subconscious and psychic bonds between the past and present, and the ways in which the musical devices of repetition and incantation create hands across the chasm that divide the human from the divine."
"The record is imperfect," Coloccia said in a statement of the end result. "It has within its heart an incompleteness, a stillness containing the presence of absence and loss."
Mamiffer are said to be using "piano, voice, guitar, Wurlitzer organ, bass synthesizer, tape machines, and effects pedals" and more on the record, though they are also apparently using plenty of "empty space." Though a proper tracklisting has yet to go live, a number titled "Domestication of the Ewe pt. III" features guest performances from Geneviève Beaulieu (Menace Ruine) and Joe Preston (Thrones), while Eyvind Kang was tapped to chart out string arrangements.
The album will arrive on CD, double LP and digitally in North America, but an as-yet-undetailed bonus CD will be added to Daymare Recordings' Japanese release. More info is forthcoming.
While Mamiffer put out their collaborative Crater release with Daniel Menche this year, their last proper release was 2014's Statu Nascendi.