In celebration of its freshly designed new digital booklet (available in high-resolution PDF format with purchase of the album on Bandcamp), In The Branches’ critically-acclaimed 2016 album Wilderness Time is now on YouTube (scroll down for embedded video), showcasing a slideshow of the new artwork as the album plays in its entirety.
A bonus track “Wilderness Time II”, from In The Branches’ fifth album “Lost and Found”, has been included as a logical extension to this collection of wilderness-themed ambient guitar music.
“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.
The psychedelic retro design above might seem like a non-sequitur if you’ve seen the existing dark and gothic cover artwork for the upcoming (self-titled) In The Branches album, but this was the result of yesterday’s Photoshop session with the release in mind. I want to have everything ready for release by this weekend, so we’ll just have to see how this stylistic battle goes down.
With this new album comes a simple new In The Branches website, a sign that this “side project” is increasing its presence in my daily life. It can take a long time to give a project the time it needs to develop, but I’ve been clearing room for all of my music projects to get the time and attention they need to thrive.
This newest release promises to be absolutely mellow, like “As Real As A Dream” in some ways, but perhaps with more moments on the darker side of things. Stay tuned for the album release in the coming days!