Words by Sean Moeller, Illustration by Johnnie Cluney, Recording engineered by Ian Grimble and Richard Matthews of Communion Music at 2KHz, Crouch End, London
Not really sure what time of the night it is when those nocturnal animals stretch their warm bones, yawn themselves awake and set out to find where their midnight breakfast is going to come from, but it's at that time that we should tell ourselves to use the utmost caution. These are the times when it's better to just stay behind closed doors and to count our few blessings, before letting a long night's sleep be our deliverance away from all of those ghostly things that go bump in the night.
Portland band Tu Fawning, led by Joe Haege -- formerly of the great 31 Knots -- and Corinna Repp, moves in the shadows of the beasts and the phantoms that come out during deepest parts of the nighttime, when there are fewer rules and more goose bumps per square inch of skin than at any other time during a day. They've made two albums now that feel like dark and cloaked gospel revivals for those filled with skeptism and a sense of doom.
All the while, we're here listening to four people make music that sounds as if it could have come from the hands of the devout -- those who have seen unbelievable things with their own eyes, things that they cannot explain. But they've seen enough sadness to also know that there's no balance out there and one does not eradicate the other. These things and these conditions are communal and they cannot be threshed from one another. The darkness of light is the lightness of the dark.
This batch of songs was recorded in Crouch End, London, during the group's last European tour, this past summer, and they chronicle that restlessness that ever churns inside all of us, if we're just willing to listen to it. These songs can be wrapped up in. We feel these wrecks of moments, these blood-stained times.
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