• thisquietarmy Blackhaunter (CD, £9.25)

    label: Elevation

    Thisquietarmy is the musical solo project of Eric Quach from destroyalldreamers. In 2002, Eric founded instrumental rock band Destroyalldreamers in Montreal. Their first album À Coeur Léger Sommeil Sanglant was released on local label Where Are My Records and became an international landmark for the post-shoegaze/post-rock genre. It was dubbed "Best shoegaze album of 2004" by USA independent music distributor Tonevendor. Their second full-length album, Wish I Was All Flames, also on Where Are My Records, was released in the fall of 2007. His parallel journey as Thisquietarmy began in the fall of 2005 as he sought to exceed creative limitations imposed by the band. Building upon the in-studio creative process he discovered with Destroyalldreamers, Thisquietarmy explores guitar sound beyond frigid song structures and conventional instrumental boundaries, with the use of real-time loops and an amalgam of effect processors. Textures blend over textures, merging different sounds to uncover faint melodies in a sea of beautiful noise. Wintersleeper was the first documented result of this exercise, released on Eric's own imprint in December 2005. The creation of which then led to a long-distance collaboration project with drone-master Aidan Baker (Nadja), releasing together a quickly sold out EP called Orange in 2006. It is a unique and special release that inhabits the darkest corners of the ambient/noise/drone spectrum.

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