His Name is Alive preps LP of pre-4AD recordings, playing NYC & L.A.
Warren Defever's long-running experimental rock project His Name is Alive, whose last studio album was 2016's Patterns of Light, will release an album of early demos and home recordings he made prior to signing with 4AD in 1990. The album is called All The Mirrors In The House (Early Recordings 1979 - 1986) and will be out June 21 and is the first of three early recordings releases he has planned. Warren got some help transferring the old cassette tapes from Shelley Salant of Tyvek, and the resulting album is quite lovely, full of haunting ambient compositions. “By age ten, I had a tape recorder and was using it to capture the sounds of nearby lakes, thunderstorms, and my older brother’s LP collection played at the wrong speeds," says Defever. "As a teenager, I got deep into all kinds of music - punk, new age, blues - and played bass in the high school jazz band, as well as studying Bach chorale harmonization and counterpoint. My first album consists of rhythm tracks made of loops of the next door neighbor raking leaves and shoveling the driveway with echoey guitars and vocals with lyrics about ghosts.” You can check out two tracks from All The Mirrors In The House below.
His Name is Alive have announced shows in Los Angeles (September 12 @ Moroccan Lounge) and NYC (September 16 @ Rough Trade). Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, June 7 at 10 AM local time, and there's an AmEx presale for Rough Trade beginning Wednesday (6/5) at noon Eastern.