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nature morte

by BIG|BRAVE

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    nature morte available in a limited quantity of opaque pink vinyl. Includes a digital download card.

    Includes digital pre-order of nature morte. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases February 24, 2023
    item ships out on or around February 23, 2023
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    nature morte on Compact Disc.

    Includes digital pre-order of nature morte. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases February 24, 2023
    item ships out on or around February 23, 2023
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      $12 USD or more 

     

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    Pre-order of nature morte. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
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    releases February 24, 2023

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1.
it claims you - a disease for keeps piece by piece, it mars your mirth it slaughters all you thought you’d know it mutates all you’ll do and what of that long dark, shadow cast / ruthless / profound / ill-fated oh what we keep quiet and carry quietly keeping (closed) close what we carry hacking and cutting away / hacking and butchering away
2.
the one who bornes a weary load
3.
my hope renders me a fool
4.
i am a man who loves you purely i am a man who needs you truly you are the one thing the one thing only have faith in me, for i’ll not ever err because your beauty is so hard to hold your force… so lawless and rash allow me to prevail over all your lure oh but please do not misread me! for what i wish of you may be wild - my love runs deeper than your ocean’s blue thus, my love for you must be pure and true you are the one - the only one thing your beauty - it’s so hard to behold your force - it’s so lawless and rash give me your gift and i will relish with you! i am the one who wants you more i am the one who needs you most i am the man who loves you more i am a man and i need you too you are the only one you are the only thing you are the only one thing
5.
a parable of the trusting
6.
the ten of swords

about

BIG|BRAVE, the elemental ensemble of guitarist/vocalist Robin Wattie, guitarist Mathieu Ball, and drummer Tasy Hudson, harness an earthen heaviness composed of distorted and textural drones, austere bombast, and Wattie’s heart-rending voice. Like recent collaborators The Body, BIG|BRAVE is at the forefront of reconfiguring the landscape of heavy music. The trio brandish sparseness and density like weapons, cast tense atmospheres with languid tempos and mutate feedback into eruptions of enveloping tempests. nature morte sharpens BIG|BRAVE’s ferocity and expansive sound into emotional elegies for the disenfranchised, wringing abstracted textures and pure fervence into songs of unfathomable mass.

The title nature morte is the French term for still life paintings whose literal translation is “dead nature.” BIG|BRAVE color the songs of nature morte with unease, creating an air of beauty in decay, chords suspended in contemplative stillness. Wattie’s experiences structuring lyrics and song forms on The Body & BIG|BRAVE’s Leaving None But Small Birds informed her work on nature morte, creating stories that, like many folk tales, are at once specific and universal. Wattie’s voice manages to be commanding and vulnerable with impressive range and intimacy. Even her gasps carve their way through the tidal crash of Ball’s distortion wail and the pummel of Hudson’s drums. “the fable of subjugation” conveys pain through strained drones free of time, an aching minimalism that withers slowly before bursting in an outright roar. nature morte is an excavation of dark inner chasms of feelings both ineffable and visceral. The album tackles the folly of hope, the consequences of trauma, often centers on the subjugation of femininity in all its pluralities. “It is violent and terrible. It is crushing and alarming. It is common and basic,” says Wattie. “It is catastrophic and disheartening.”

The momentum of nature morte conjures the image of a beast collapsing beneath its own weight before resiliently staggering upright to thunder onward. BIG|BRAVE convey heft from silence as deftly as they do from swaths of feedback and distortion to cathartic ends. “Distortion is key,” notes Ball. The three members recorded primarily live over the course of a week at Machines with Magnets with Seth Manchester, pushing the potential of their instruments beyond expectations. For each song the trio’s songwriting and attention to detail deliver its simple but devastating emotional power. On “the parable of trusting” Hudson’s cymbal clangs reverberate through Ball’s guitar, stirring out a hauntingly hollow texture. On “my hope renders me a fool,” plumes of low growl and crooning feedback dissolve into clean pensive chords. Opener “carvers, farriers, and knaves,” one of the most relentless and bracing pieces in their oeuvre, deliver with the soar of guitar and voice twisting atop Hudson’s bouldering percussion creating an imposing terrain. Across the album’s six pieces BIG|BRAVE create a tension between immediacy and patience, invoking the essence of disquiet, while conveying anguish through inventive arrangements and nuanced performances. nature morte captures BIG|BRAVE at their heaviest and their mournful fury is at its zenith, an album where each moment is so immense and consuming that it possesses its own gravitational pull.

credits

releases February 24, 2023

Robin Wattie - Vocals, Electric Guitar
Mathieu Ball - Electric Guitar, Vocals
Tasy Hudson - Drums, Percussions

Recorded, Mixed and Produced by Seth Manchester at Machines With Magnets in March 2022

Mastered by Matt Colton at Metropolis Mastering

Words by RW. Art and layout by MB

merci
Stacy Lee
Bettina Richards
Chip & Lee
Ricky Biondetti
Ethan McCarthy

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