Alexis Marshall, vocalist for Rhode Island’s post-hardcore heroes Daughters, emerged as a solo force last year with the song “Nature In Three Movements” (which placed up in our Top 50 Songs of the Year), and today reveals plans for a whole solo album. It’s called House of Lull. House of When and comes out on July 23 through Sargent House. It was created with Jon Syverson (Daughters), Kristin Hayter (Lingua Ignota), Evan Patterson (Jaye Jayle, Young Widows) and produced by Seth Manchester.
The first song to be shared from the project is called “Hounds in the Abyss”, an expectedly paranoid and shiver-inducing track. With a bed of high-pitched metallic feedback and pattering drums moving all around the stereo field, the tension level is set high, and Marshall doesn’t disappoint. “Are you the one who’s been throwing rocks at my window all night? / Are you the one who’s been standing outside of my house when I’m alone?” he drawls in intoxicated fear. The unsettling questions keep coming, his voice gaining a more unhinged snarl with each new thought, while more tactile rattling and rolling sounds add to the screw-loose aura. An audible descent into irreversible mania, “Hounds in the Abyss” heralds what should be one hell of a stark and experiential album.
The video for “Hounds in the Abyss” was directed by Jeremy W., with Marshall saying: “The long stare into the room of self—the universe’s middle distance—the many hidden doors we locate, the many rooms we find. Populated not only by whom else we are, but by places we have been. The places we are. We don’t always pull away from the hot stove.”
Watch the clip below or listen to it on streaming platforms.