“Songs From The Abyss” was an album that created itself autonomously, waiting patiently over the course of a year while I recorded live guitar looping sessions and traded tracks with Steven Taylor of the techno project Ghostwire. Steven’s entry into the world of ambient was a fantastic match for the atmosphere I imagined for this album.
Part space music, part emotional dirge, and part spiritual experience. That’s the impression I felt while putting the pieces together and hearing them all together.
Shane Cotee of In The Branches and Steven Taylor of Ghostwire have a history of working together on electronic music. Steven mastered Shane’s second release from The Adaptive, 2015’s “Evolve”, starting a lasting friendship built on modern psychedelic music.
Among many upcoming collaborations, “Songs From The Abyss” was a vision that started with live guitar loops & improvisations on a 7-string Ibanez guitar. Shane sent about 30 minutes of raw recordings to Steven, then Steven sent back several new layers to mix into the tracks. This continued for the first half of the album, made of three songs that average over 10 minutes each. The album artwork shows how the songs have been split into “Part I – An Invitation” (In The Branches featuring Steven Taylor) and “Part II – In Isolation” (In The Branches).
This is potent music that digs into the darker corners of the psyche, but not without optimism. It’s a half-conscious, half-subconscious trip across time and space, blending ancient and future; organic and synthetic; experimental and traditional.
I made some purposefully-minimal music videos with a few of my photographs and some extended footage of Milkdrop, a nifty little plugin for Winamp. If you don’t know what any of that means, then don’t worry. Just lay down and take a nice nap with this one.