BIG | BRAVE: Half Breed

One of the best to have ever taken post metal through minimal paths, BIG | BRAVE prepare for the release of a new album, the follow up to A Gaze Among Them from 2019. VITAL is expected out April 23rd, 2021 (for the vinyl edition it's going to be July 9th, 2021) via Southern Lord, and the first example off it is terrific.

"Having cut our teeth in very different musical backgrounds respectively, our intuitions vary, which has an interesting effect on our individual approaches and ears," the band comments. "This album involves what it means navigating the outside world in a racialized body and what it does to the psyche as a whole while exploring individual worth within this reality."

The nine-minute video for Half Breed is a single shot, and in its plainness it is very much emotive and impressive. The band comments: "The action of shoveling dirt onto the person, also acts a way to discredit, shame and discriminate the individual. With the victim (on screen), being painfully covered with dirt by the perpetrator (off screen), all we have to witness is the damage done and left behind. We are aware of what is happening, what has happened, but the source is kept anonymous and can easily be missed and overlooked."

BIG | BRAVE are Robin Wattie, Mathieu Ball and Tasy Hudson. VITAL was recorded with acclaimed engineer Seth Manchester at Machines with Magnets. The band state: "We fully trust his instinct as an engineer and his creative output, getting to experiment with textures, concepts, layers, and with pretty much every single recorded sound,  the process of making records with Seth is an absolute journey in sonic exploration."


Artist photo by Mathieu Ball

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