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Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou
May Our Chambers Be Full
Sacred Bones Records
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October 30, 2020


Press Release

Stemming out of an offer from Roadburn Festival organizer Walter Hoeijmakers, mutual acquaintances, and a shared love of each other’s output, May Our Chambers Be Full is the first recorded document of collaboration between Emma Ruth Rundle and Thou. While their solo material seems on its face to be quite disparate, both groups have spent their respective careers lurking at the outer boundaries of the heavy metal scene, the artists having more in common with DIY punk and its spiritual successor, grunge. May Our Chambers Be Full straddles a similar, very fine line both musically and thematically.

While Emma Ruth Rundle’s standard fare is a blend of post-rockinfused folk music, and Thou is typically known for its downtuned, doomy sludge, the conjoining of the two artists has created a record more in the vein of the early ’90s Seattle sound and later ’90s episodes of Alternative Nation, while still retaining much of the artists’ core identities. Likewise, the lyrical content of the album is a marriage of mental trauma, existential crises, and the ecstatic tradition of the expressionist dance movement. “Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps.” Melodic, melancholic, heavy, visceral. The visual art accompanying this work was created in collaboration with preeminent New Orleans photographer Craig Mulcahy. The faceless, genderless models are meant to emphasize this pervasive state of ambiguity and emotional vacillation, the images falling somewhere between modern high fashion and classical Renaissance.

• The first recorded document of the collaboration between singer-songwriter Emma Ruth Rundle and doom metal band Thou • The collaboration made its live debut at Roadburn Festival and has toured the U.S. • Emphasizes the ’90s alt-rock and grunge sounds both artists have been exploring in recent years

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Digital Track List

  1. 1 Killing Floor 6:47 Buy
  2. 2 Monolith 3:23 Buy
  3. 3 Out of Existence 3:43 Buy

    Out of Existence

  4. 4 Ancestral Recall 3:55 Buy

    Ancestral Recall

  5. 5 Magickal Cost 4:10 Buy
  6. 6 Into Being 5:16 Buy
  7. 7 The Valley 8:58 Buy

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