Portland based musician Kyle Bates – aka Drowse – earlier this month set the motion for his slowcore third release “Light Mirror” out June 7th on the Flenser label. No jokes about how far out that is literally.
During the process of his recording, in April of 2018, Bates left his home in Portland, OR, to pursue an artist residency in barren northern Iceland. Mostly in self-imposed isolation, Bates pondered the nature of solitude, and what it means to be “closed” or “open” to the world. Upon returning home, Bates worked obsessively and alone, save for collaborating with Maya Stoner, his longtime creative partner. The dichotomy of his Icelandic musings materialized in a very real way as he neglected his personal relationships in favor of his art. While he was confronting his life-long fear of intimacy, and reconciling himself to a diagnosis of Bipolar 1, Bates found that the means he employed to conquer these obstacles—self reflection through art—carried with them an equal measure of misery.
With the newest album, expect experimental electronic, noise pop, black metal, krautrock, and Kyle’s talent for world-building. The lyrics are heavily influenced by filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky and poet Louise Glück.
Watch the new video ‘Between Fence Posts’ with the music beginning’s calling on the spirit of “Twin Peaks”. The lyrics detail – “Inside Black Vines, Wither as they Glow, You are the Moonlight, Shining In, Between Posts”. And the legend of Laura Palmer is depicted as a shoegaze dream pop queen teen hijacking the jukebox for what can’t be found, ascended to the nether worlds on Loveless, Souvlaki, Heaven or Las Vegas….a mound.
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