Anarchic BreezesOuter Battery
***GRIM TOWER is the collaborative project of BLACK MOUTAIN’s STEPHEN MCBEAN (vocals/guitar/synths) and IMAAD WASIF (vocals/guitar). The album, called Anarchic Breezes, was written around the central idea of a New Acoustic Death Folk, yet could be heard as equal parts Harry Smith and Harry Pussy. Both songwriters, Canadians now based in Los Angeles, come together on Anarchic Breezes to explore a mutual interest in the darker traditions of song and detuning found in the American Primitive Archives. The album features the ancillary rhythm section of ROB BARBATO (bass) and DAN ALLAIRE (drums), also L.A. musicians with roots deep in the modern psych movement. Anarchic Breezes was recorded by S. McBean at his home studio, with additional recording by ROB CAMPANELLA at the Jonestown Studios. It contains nine originals and one cover, the obscure “Leaving My Old Life Behind” by Jonathan Halper as featured in Kenneth Anger’s “Puce Moment.” It was mixed by MARK NEVERS (Will Oldham, Silver Jews, Calexico, Vic Chesnutt) at Beech House Studios in Nashville. The two voices on this album serve as mediums to a yet unheard music. Let the free ride the breeze.