Rachel Grimes – “The Herald” (Stereogum Premiere)

The web of post-rock is tangled with unique groups like Rachel’s, the Louisville chamber trio that fused neoclassical textures with rock instrumentation. Their music is cinematic and enveloping, encouraging us to forget the distinctions of genre and just bliss out to its undeniable emotive sway. Well, fans of Rachel’s rejoice: Pianist, composer, and founding member Rachel Grimes has released a track from her forthcoming solo album The Clearing. “The Herald” centers on Grimes’ slow-churning piano line, and reaches its climax during a blistering saxophone solo by Jacob Duncan of Liberation Prophecy. If the song is any indication, The Clearing promises gorgeous improvisation over meticulously curated arrangements for strings, harp, piano, woodwinds, and percussion. Hear the track below.

The Clearing tracklist:
01 “The Air”
02 “The Clearing”
03 “The Air Of Place”
04 “The Herald”
05 “The Air In Time”
06 “In The Vapor With The Air Underneath”
07 “Transverse Plane Vertical”
08 “Transverse Plane Horizontal”
09 “The Air, Her Heart”
10 “Further Foundation”
11 “The Air At Night”

Here’s a teaser for the album:

The Clearing is out 5/26 on Temporary Residence. Pre-order it here.