June 23rd marks the official unveiling of Invasion, the captivating new full-length from IIVII. An enigmatic, intergalactic solo project conjured by visual artist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Josh Graham. The follow-up to 2015’s critically-lauded Colony debut was captured entirely by Graham and centers itself on an invading species of alien origin. Focusing on sonically engulfing and moody soundscapes, layered with a science-fiction edge, IIVII (pronounced “ivy”) transcends genre confines exploring elements of drone, classical, ambient, electronica, and vaporwave. As a founding member of Red Sparowes, Battle Of Mice, and A Storm Of Light, IIVII has allowed Graham to strip away the bombast and distorted guitars, and channel the intensity and dread through subtle orchestration and manipulation of dense sonic atmospheres.
In advance of its release, today Terrorizer Magazine delivers the visual accompaniment to “You Die” at THIS LOCATION.
And if you missed it, you can also sample “Hidden Inside,” initially premiered by Cvlt Nation, as well as “Painless” debuted by BrooklynVegan, at THIS LOCATION.
Invasion will see release on June 23rd on CD, vinyl, and digital formats via Consouling Sounds. For preorders point your browser to HERE.
In a recent exploration of the record, Two Guys Metal Reviews notes, “There are few ambient records that capture my imagination as much as Invasion does. It’s an album that constantly encourages you to ask questions, delve deeper into the music, and try and find a weird path through the ethereal melodies and throbbing rhythms. IIVII is a project that refuses to play by the rules and has managed to refine something transcendent. It’s easy to fall in love with what Josh Graham has put together here, it’s expansive but not alienating, massive in scope but not overwhelming, beautiful and guiding us towards salvation.”
Live IIVII shows mix visuals, guitar, analog and digital keyboards, cassette loops, and more. On June 29th IIVII will perform a special record release show at the renowned Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York as part of the AISA/By Norse showcase with BardSpec, featuring Enslaved composer/guitarist Ivar Bjørnson and Today Is The Day’s Steve Austin, and recent additions, Gnaw.
IIVII w/ BardSpec, Gnaw:
6/29/2017 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ BardSpec, Gnaw [tickets]
Stand by for further info on the IIVII invasion in the coming weeks.