It's no secret that Belgium's Orphan Swords has been one of our favorite acts of the last couple of years. We previously featured their excellent double EP, License To Desire/Risk In A New Age, and then the duo contributed the punishing New Brvtalism No. 022. We are thrilled to see Yannick Franck and Pierre de Mûulenaere return on Glasgow's Clan Destine Records with a brand new vinyl release.
Out on May 1st, WEEHAWKEN is a four track EP made up of both new material and classic tracks that have never appeared on vinyl. After an appearance on the great compilation, Dark Acid V, this is duo's first proper release on the Glasgow-based label. It's amazing to see the band's material on vinyl as they craft an incredibly rich, layered sound that is begging for release on the format. Preview the tracks below:
With WEEHAWKEN, you can expect more of the signature Orphan Swords sound. ANDREALPHUS kicks things off with a slower introduction and hypnotic, almost tribal feeling. Clocking in around 10 minutes, both DANTALION and GAAP are huge tracks that perfectly build in tension and beautifully morph in to a cacophonous symphony. There are very few acts who have mastered the ability to create industrial and techno-influenced rhythmic noise quite like Orphan Swords. Their tracks always seem to encapsulate you and bury the listener in a sea of haunting, emotional atmospheres. ZAGAN closes out the record with a percussion heavy ritual and a relentless, driving finish.
Orphan Swords appeal to so many different tastes and sensibilities, it's quite an amazing accomplishment. Fans of everything from industrial and techno, to noise and ambient will love the duo's production. Their work always carries a sophisticated sound with both occult and esoteric undertones, it's no wonder we are huge fans. You can order the new EP here and please visit Facebook for more information.