Locrian & Christoph Heemann – “Hecatomb” (Stereogum Premiere)

Chicago-based avant-garde drone trio Locrian do fine work on their own (check out their excellent 2012 release The Clearing/The Final Epoch), but they’re still probably best-known for their collaborations with bands like Horseback and Mammifer. Now they’ve teamed with German visual artist and experimental composer Christoph Heemann (H.N.A.S., Current 93, Jim O’Rourke) for a self-titled album of pure ambient: Sound is presented in waves and layers, rising and retreating with the rhythm and force of the tide, calm, desolate, and cold as a midnight desert. “Hecatomb” open the four-track LP, introducing the proceedings with gentle yet ominous acoustic strums, which ripple outward into stillness and darkness. Listen.

Locrian With Christoph Heemann – “Hecatomb”

Locrian & Christoph Heemann is out now via Handmade Birds’ Dark Icons series.