COMING SOON: Cavernlight – As We Cup Our Hands And Drink From The Stream of Our Ache LP

COMING SOON: Cavernlight – As We Cup Our Hands And Drink From The Stream of Our Ache LP

CAVERNLIGHT – As We Cup Our Hands And Drink From The Stream Of Our Ache LP

(Tape & Digital June 16th, Vinyl August)

There lies a dark secret deep inside many of the people you meet throughout your life. An illness, a prevailing shadow, or a past of regretful choices. Despite the facade constructed to hide these truths, there is a malaise that takes hold and controls the underlying intent for that person’s actions. This is the Stream of Ache. This is the energy that drives ones actions although its source is a place where nothing nourishes.

Cavernlight was born from this stream, covered in the mire that lies at its bed.

Formed in 2006 by Scott Zuwadzhi (guitar, vocals, noise) and Adam Bartlett (drums, vocals), the initially unnamed project was intended to satisfy a need to write atmospheric dark music about the physical nature of existence, with little emphasis on recording or performing live. This was meant to be something entirely personal. Over the course of the next nine years Zuwadzhi and Bartlett would include others into the fold of the project to share in their misery, playing a small handful of select shows, and in that time welcome Patrick Crawford (guitar) and Brandon Pleshek (bass, synths) as permanent members, helping to define what Cavernlight was always intended to be.

After the release of their demo tape, Corporeal (Anti-Matter Records, 2015), Cavernlight buckled down to write the material for As We Cup Our Hands…, finally deciding to share their introspection with others. That period of writing would evolve into 5 movements detailing a life that is lived suffering through severe, crippling anxiety and the burden of mental illness. They discuss the arduous task of attempting to find truth in the natural world and work through psychological roadblocks, and the realizations one has as they begin to come out the other side and attempt to heal. The Stream of Ache is the source for these songs.

The influences of Cavernlight are numerous and run deeply into different genres, but ultimately all of them have one thing in common… pain and suffering prevail. Whether they be doom, black metal, noise, dark post-rock or even inspiration from beloved singer-songwriters that have since been put to rest, each source of inspiration deals with a fundamental hurt. On this debut full length Cavernlight have finally found a comfortable, mature balance between their influences, inspiration, and intended narrative. Using these elements they have crafted an album of miserable doom laced with harsh tones and heart-piercing melodies. There is no positive redeeming quality in this album, except that it is complete, and it no longer requires emotional energy.

As We Cup Our Hands… also features guest appearances specifically chosen to help achieve the dynamic intent of the album, these guests include Rachel N. (vocals, from False), Sarah Green (vocals and cello), and Michael Paparo (vocals, from Inter Arma). The album was meticulously tracked, mixed, and mastered by Adam Tucker at Signaturetone Recoridng in Minneapolis, MN. Except Wander, Part II, which was recorded by Dean Hoffman at his studio in Oshkosh, WI. The album was recorded live in the studio with minimal over-dubs. It will be available June 16th on cassette and digitally from Gilead Media, with vinyl following in late July / early August, and features artwork by Scott Zuwadzhi and Samuel Thomas Claeys.

Hear the first movement from the album now at the Gilead Media bandcamp page:


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