METZ's Alex Edkins and Holy Fuck's Graham Walsh Form Noble Rot, Announce Debut Album

Listen to their debut single "Casting No Light" from 'Heavenly Bodies, Repetition, Control'

BY Allie GregoryPublished Feb 24, 2023

Toronto music vets Alex Edkins (METZ, Weird Nightmare) and Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck) have teamed up on a new side project called Noble Rot. Their debut album, Heavenly Bodies, Repetition, Control, is due March 24 through Joyful Noise.

The duo's newly launched Bandcamp profile tells of "pushing their boundaries of sonic exploration" with the aim of rewarding fans "with an enthralling LP filled to the brim with unbridled musical curiosity and boundless excitement that is sure to surprise and thrill longtime fans and periphery lurkers alike."

Today, they share their debut single "Casting No Light," which arrives alongside its own music video by John Smith. The track features contributions from Loel Campbell, Colin Newman and Malka Spigel Newman, and was mastered by Seth Manchester at Machines with Magnets.

Here's what Smith had to say about the visuals:

As a long-standing admirer of synesthesia and its explorations by artists such as Kandinsky and experimental filmmakers such as Oskar Fischinger, Norman McLaren, and Walter Ruttman, I have been consistently inspired by the concept and its connection between sound and visual. For over two decades, I have been constantly exploring ways to express these connections, and upon first hearing the trance-like and multi-layered composition of "Casting No Light", I saw a great opportunity to apply these concepts. With the assistance of Aaron Campbell - an interactive designer friend, we developed a system that translates every layer of sound into a corresponding visual component. Enjoying this experience with headphones will provide a much richer experience since you can better hear all of the nuances and textures in the song.

Check out the video below, where you'll also find the album's tracklisting.

Heavenly Bodies, Repetition, Control:

1 Suspension
2 Casting No Light
3 Empire of Iceboxes
4 Medicine
5 Come Up for Air
6 Pictures from the Institution
7 The Desert
8 Light at the Edge of the World

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