Younger - New Message

Younger is Matt Joynt (Anathallo) and Ryan Daniel Hammer (Unwed Sailor, The Skull). The two began collaborating in 2007 after discovering a mutual interest in attempting forms of risk-taking that produce unhindered presence. Early performances with Lucky Dragons and High Places were about the naked terror and ecstasy of showing up without any songs. Whatever happened was an attempt to sonically mirror their internal experiences coming together. Over the past few years their sets have produced caverns of ricocheting sine waves and improvised mantra-like lyrical meditations. Other times they have been beat-heavy, dissonant, far out, and even embarrassing.

New Message is the culmination of a friendship spent entertaining the possibilities that unfold from a donʼt just do something, stand there approach to being. The record was written, recorded and mixed in an intensive week before Hammer relocated to San Francisco from Chicago in the summer of 2011. Each side of the LP contains an edited long-form improvisation born out of conversations about the elusive nature of meaning. The music - constructed mostly from analog synthesizers, a light-sensitive Theremin, and micro-edited vocal sampling - falls somewhere between the worlds of psychedelic drone and pop. Whereas “Iʼm Gonna Miss U So Bad” is a simple meditation that mourns and praises the inescapability of emotional attachment, the minimalistic beat of “New Message” lays the groundwork for heavily gated vocals to hover in the air, pulsing with easy-going levity.

New Message will be released 3.21.12 on Positive Beat Recordings.


Anonymous said...

Please bring Anathallo back! I just bought your DVD from Japan and was sad thinking I may never see this again. Please "renew refresh and bloom again"

Adam Nerland said...

Awesome. Just decided to snoop in on the page because I saw Andrew in Austin for SXSW with fun. tonight, which made me think of the rest of you. Glad to hear you've got new musical endeavors, Matt. Can't wait to check it out!

The White Family said...

I miss you guys so much. No music has ever moved me like Anathallo's did. The lighting show with Old American Dream on the third stage at Ichthus in 03 goes down as the most epic show of my life.

Matthew Cavanaugh said...

i'm glad to see you guys are still actively making music. the music of anathallo got me through a lot of really, really dark times and created a way where i could comprehend something beyond my day to day life. your music has meant so much to so many people over time and i hope and pray that you all continue to use your gifts and talents to bless the world around you.