Leila Abdul-Rauf is known for her work in Vastum, Ionophore, Cardinal Wyrm, Hammers Of Misfortune, Fyrhtu, and as well as her solo works. She will release her third solo album, Diminution, in May, but we have a special preview for you here today.
Diminution is the follow-up to 2015’s highly acclaimed Insomnia and sees the Bay Area, multi-instrumentalist adopt a more stripped-down approach to her haunting and shadowy soundscapes. While retaining a firm grasp on the feeling of urban loneliness and early morning solitude, Diminution’s tracks take their time to develop and giving them a more spacious and open feeling. Sparse melodies meet ethereal choral vocals, distant trumpet, delicate guitar, and luminous, melancholy drones.
The artist describes her new work in this way:
“By way of a desolate trainyard at night, forgotten objects in an abandoned room, and other near empty spaces past and present, I bring my third offering, Diminution: the diminishing value of art forms and processes, individual expression, and even human life itself to almost nothing in this 21st Century world, is like a fading out, or death on a large scale. In spite of this, a grounded psychic core remains in the void: a sense of freedom in the renunciation of all that is concrete. Some would say this is dark and lonely music, with urban overtones, while others feel a sense of light ethereality and calm in its shimmering moods. All interpretations are valid and true.”
Take a listen to the ethereal, beautiful “Life Leaving”
Diminution will see its digital release on April 13th to be followed by a physical release on May 11th, on LP through Cloister Recordings in conjunction with Black Horizons, and on CD through Malignant Records.