March 20th 2015 sees the release of the self-titled debut album by Dunedin trio Death And The Maiden.
While traveling through Berlin in 2012, Lucinda King ripped a sketch of a skeleton and a woman from a book, and stored it in her wallet. The piece was Death and the Maiden, a 19th Century engraving by Edvard Munch. It is an artwork steeped in mythology, one which explores the dark bounds between love and death, frailty of beauty, and beauty of decay.
On her return to New Zealand, Lucinda (bass guitar, vocals) began to make music with Danny Brady (synth and drum programming), then welcomed guitarist and drummer Hope Robertson to the fold, and Death and the Maiden was born.
On their debut album, the group craft a shadowy sound world, filled with melancholic synth arpeggios, reverb-drenched guitars, hypnotic basslines, drowsy drum-machines, and sighing vocal melodies. The combination is both hypnotic and devastating, as Lucinda explores themes of love, loss, and decay, wrapped in tactile electro-acoustic languor.
Despite the sense of loss and darkness on this record, there is a bittersweet hopefulness at the core. Death and the Maiden are seeking to create a feeling, something that lasts. The result of this effort is a stunning record, its soaring sonic beauty a counterpoint to its sombre haunting tone – a party record for heartbroken romantics.
Also available on iTunes here.
Death And The Maiden play at Wine Cellar in Auckland on Friday 27 March and at Moon in Newtown, Wellington on Saturday 28th March.
Death And The Maiden is available on LP, CD and Digital formats from record stores from 20 March (13 April UK/ Europe) and can also be ordered online at the Fishrider Records Bandcamp page or in the UK and Europe via Occultation Recordings.
“The combination of drum machines, amniotic synth wash and guitars evoke select Hacienda-era Factory bands and the Sheffield Sound (think Section 25 or Chris & Cosey), while Lucinda King’s haunting, reverb-drenched vocals generate an incantatory power”
[From The Corner Awesome Feeling 7 feature.]