Geist & the Sacred Ensemble releasing new album ‘Waning Hymns’ (stream a track)
PacNW collective Geist & the Sacred Ensemble mix psychedelic rock, folk, and doom metal in a way that's not unlike Swans, Hexvessel, or some alternate version of history where Tony Iommi played guitar for Jefferson Airplane, and they're gearing up to release their new album Waning Hymns on July 31 via Scry Recordings (pre-order). We're premiering lead single "Volition" (along with its video), which is nine minutes of brooding, hypnotic music that fans of any type of psychedelia should sink their ears into.
Vocalist/multi-instrumentalist M. Sauder says of the album, "Waning Hymns is a study of Western consumer culture, attention spans, and empathy. This collection of ritualistic music asks us to redefine our self-worth. [...] These Hymns are a ceremonial call; a reminder that we alone have the power to define ourselves." And about "Volition" specifically, he adds, "Using long musical passages and drawn out changes, this song is a deliberate challenge to our current culture’s dwindling attention spans. There is so much information being thrown at us every day, we are slowly losing our sense of self and our ability for critical thinking." You can definitely see the consumer culture critique reflected in the song's video. Check it out below.
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