Stoned To Death


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Raise the Dead is a collaborative album from Connecticut drone duo Tongue Depressor and Maine-born, Philadelphia-based songwriter Jakob Battick
Steeped in ritualistic necromanticisms and a spectral, sprawling sense of composition, the album is a lush and alien trip through some of the furthest reaches of songcraft and 'the song.' The 38 minute LP's two side-long pieces are mergers of the haunted vestiges of 20th century songwriting and contemporary avant-garde classical exploration, deeply informed and inspired by the liberating fearlessness of extreme metal. Tongue Depressor's Zach Rowden and Henry Birdsey utilize all manner of microtonal and just intonation instrumentation to frame Battick's deceptively gentle baritone and occult-fixated lyrics within a sonic landscape that shimmers at the nocturnal end of the spectrum of light as it creaks and groans under its own nightmarish weight. These songs are at once potentially disturbing and richly romantic, combining elements both familiar and phantasmic to synthesize something truly difficult to place within the current American underground.

Raise the Dead follows Tongue Depressor's prolific 2021 string of LPs on labels as diverse as XKatedral, Working Man Lay Down, and Redscroll Records, and also acts as the bigger, darker, and stranger sequel to Battick's self-released cult folk LP Rabbit's Moon from the same year.