A GRAVE WITH NO NAME announces new album & shares first single 'Wedding Dress' online!
LP 'Wooden Mask' due August 12th via Forged Artifacts. London-based Alexander Sheilds shares dark, delicate guitar sounds he announces new LP & shares first single!
London-based singer/songwriter/musician Alexander Shields, aka, A Grave With No Name is announcing his new album ‘Wooden Mask’, set for release August 12th. The first single from the record ‘Wedding Dress’ is streaming online now.
'Wedding Dress’ is a thought provoking four-minute track that encapsulates A Grave With No Name’s dark, yet simultaneously delicate sound. With deeply felt, probing lyrics, the first single offers a look at what to expect from the forthcoming record. Speaking about the track, Shields said “'Wedding Dress' is a funereal dance through the barrens of mud and memory.”
Alexander Shields has been recording music under the moniker A Grave With No Name for a number of years now, but never has a collection of his songs more encapsulated the longing, desolate feeling of his namesake. Over 13 sparse arrangements, Shields carefully crafts voice, ambient noise, thoughtful acoustics and field recordings to create an atmosphere that is at times both distant and intensely intimate. Recorded over a winter at London’s Holy Mountain Studios, ‘Wooden Mask’ finds him opting for a more elemental, skeletal collection of songs than past efforts by design - and to extraordinary gains. Stripped and left bare in favor of complex arrangements, these recordings are given room to breathe and pulse and hang on their meaning.
But at its core, the album belongs to its name: ‘Wooden Mask’. Shields describes masks - both those physical and metaphorical - as a way to both disguise and become closer to our transcendental selves. “Whereas my previous albums have been preoccupied with loss, Wooden Mask is a meditation on renewal, using ritual and ceremony as a means to explore this theme.” Ultimately, he uses the idea of the mask as a vehicle for renewal, transformation, peace and transcendence throughout the album. ‘Wooden Mask’ is grounded in its relationship to the natural order surrounding its sound and space, but also brimming outward toward existential truths. It’s yet another staggering addition to Shields’ catalog as A Grave With No Name.
‘Wooden Mask’ is set for release August 12th via Forged Artifacts.
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18th August - Servant Jazz Quarters, LONDON
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‘Wooden Mask’ tracklist:
- Wedding Dress
- Black Sage Pt. II
- I Set Fire To My Boat
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Listen to ‘Wedding Dress’ here: