Steve Von Till: The Emptiness Swallows Us All

The great Steve Von Till keeps being incredibly prolific, and continues the expansion of his solo work with the release of an ambient album and a spoken word one. Respectively, A Deep Voiceless Wilderness and Harvestman: 23 Untitled Poems will be out on April 30th, 2021 via Neurot Recordings.

No Wilderness Deep Enough finds SVT at his most unconventional and avantgardistic mode, even for his standards, with the album taking a neo-classical direction which seems surprising. In case it sounds familiar, it's because it's the same album as las year's No Wilderness Deep Enough minus Von Till’s vocal, with the track's wonderfully renamed.

"This is how I originally heard this piece of music," Von Till says. "Without the voice as an anchor or earthbound narrative, these pieces have a broader wingspan. They become something else entirely and unfold in a more expansive way. The depth of the synths, juxtaposed with the strings and French horn, have space to develop and allow the listener to imagine their own story."

Harvestman: 23 Untitled Poems and Collected Lyrics is SVT's first book of poetry, originally published by the University of South Dakota’s AstrophilPress, and it is now reimagined as a spoken word record, taking the Harvestman moniker to entirely unexplored paths. 

"Being a constant sound-seeker, I thought it would be more interesting to have some textures and treatments to break up the intimate voice recordings," Von Till says of the new offering by Harvestman. "The background sounds used on some of the tracks were pieces related to No Wilderness Deep Enough that were either not used or repurposed to interweave further connections between my artistic output at this time of my life."

Artist photo by James Rexroad

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