Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou announce collaborative EP, The Helm Of Sorrow, out Jan 15th via Sacred Bones
On the heels of their full length collaboration, May Our Chambers Be Full, Thou and Emma Ruth Rundle are releasing a companion EP, The Helm of Sorrow, which includes additional songs created during the sessions from their collaborative project. Today they’ve shared its single, a cover of The Cranberries’ “Hollywood”, along with the short video Elysian Fields by Thou’s Mitch Wells. The four songs that make up The Helm of Sorrow were included in the diehard edition of May Our Chambers Be Full and will be available as a standalone EP on January 15th, in addition to digital retailers via Sacred Bones as part of the label’s Alliance Series. Pre-orders can be done here.
While their solo material seems on its face to be quite disparate, both prolific groups have spent their lauded careers lurking at the outer boundaries of heavy scenes, each having more in common with DIY punk and its spiritual successor, grunge. The debut straddles a similar, very fine line both musically and thematically. While Emma’s standard fare is a blend of post-rock-infused folk music, and Thou is typically known for its downtuned, doomy sludge, the conjoining of the two artists has created a record more in the vein of the early ’90s Seattle sound and later ’90s episodes of Alternative Nation, while still retaining much of the artists’ core identities.
The visual art accompanying this work was created in collaboration with preeminent New Orleans photographer Craig Mulcahy. The faceless, genderless models are meant to emphasize the pervasive state of ambiguity and emotional vacillation, the images falling somewhere between modern high fashion and classical Renaissance.
Photo credit: Craig Mulcahy