Exclusive Album Stream: Abraham Paint a Lumbering, Pitiless Landscape on Débris de Mondes Perdus
Listening to Abraham‘s music, it makes sense that they’re Swiss. While their particular brand of pummeling emotional sludge is often associated with overcast areas along America’s coasts, the band bring an unfettered artistic reach to their sound that feels at home in Europe. That said, there’s never a feeling of preciousness or artificial presentation here, which feels appropriate for a country like Switzerland, which doesn’t have the same extreme-music marketing machine as, say, the UK or Germany. Of course, listening to their music, one can’t help but think that this band needed their exact surroundings to have shaped them into what they are. Any other circumstances, and it wouldn’t be Abraham.
On their new album Débris de mondes perdus, Abraham lock down a beautiful coupling of clumsy ache and widescreen scope. The songs never sound as though they’re attempting to transcend their groaning riffs and driving rhythms, and yet the music touches on a particularly subversive nerve that takes its kinetic approach somewhere above your average slugfest. “Blood Moon, New Alliance” is especially effective, with a sense of both poetry and predator-minded clinicism at every turn. The result is an album that sounds like the windy vista of death that appears before someone still clutching their spurting wound.
According to the band:
“We used a text which comes from several hundred years in the future as a conceptual centerpiece. It is less a story than a kind of chant expressing fears, awe, struggles and lamentations. It is very oral, primitive and heathen, evil and bizarre. One can tell that darkness has obscured minds after having fallen onto the world.”
Check out our exclusive stream of Abraham’s Débris de mondes perdus below:
Abraham’s Débris de mondes perdus drops Friday, February 18th, via Pelagic Records, and is available for preorder.