Roy Montgomery streaming new LP ft. Grouper, Julianna Barwick, Circuit des Yeux, more
New Zealand musician Roy Montgomery earned his bona fides at the very start of his career when his band The Pin Group became the first group signed to the soon-to-be-very-influential Flying Nun Records in 1981. The Pin Group only lasted for three singles and little more than a year and a half, but Montgomery had continued to make music with such groups as Dadamah, Dissolve, and well-regarded solo records including 2016’s four-disc comeback, RMHQ. Roy primarily sees himself as an instrumentalist, specializing in soundscape-y atmospherics. He also is not the biggest fan of his own voice, and on new album Suffuse he has enlisted a number of very notable vocalists to sing: Liz Harris (Grouper), Haley Fohr (Circuit des Yeux), Jessica Larrabee (She Keeps Bees), Julianna Barwick, Katie Von Schleicher, and sisters Clementine and Valentine Nixon (Purple Pilgrims).
The record form fits to the collaborators, from the dramatic opener “Apparition” with Circuit des Yeux, to the dreamy closers featuring Barwick and Harris. In between, Larrabee sings on the smoky “Rainbird,” and Von Schleicher and Purple Pilgrims provide the most bewitching moments. Fans of ’80s 4AD groups like This Mortal Coil and Dead Can Dance will also appreciate the atmosphere Montgomery and his collaborators conjur. Suffuse is out August 17 via Ba Da Bing/Stranded Records but you can listen to the whole thing right now via NPR.
You can also hear the song with Grouper below: