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Sarah Davachi announces new album, shares single “Rushes Recede”

“It was once said that listening to Antiphonals was, ‘like listening to a half-speed progressive rock album except it’s just the keyboard parts.'” In an already crowded week for announcements, these words describing Sarah Davachi‘s new album have to be the best uttered.

Whether you’re the sort of Uriah Heep fan who’s dreamed of just Ken Hensley’s playing, albeit slowed to codeine speeds, or simply a Davachi fan, this is the moment for you.

Antiphonals, due out on September 10, was born of Davachi’s desire to marry her studio practices with the integral components of her live shows, and the results are some of her most layered, emotive songs to date.

Speaking on the recordings, Davachi elaborates, “This is a collection of studies that began as a way of giving reverence to repetition and modality within a harmonic space. It is a minimalist music that is as much concerned with the vertical experience of texture as it is with the elongation of intervallic progressions across the horizontal realm – an occurrence that we might typically refer to as ‘melody’, but which becomes obscured here in the continual undoing of its staying power. Over time these somewhat generative articulations offered to me a meaningful expression of negative space and pervasive absence, a feeling of objects slowly being thrown into relief.

The first taste of the album, “Rushes Recede”, has just been released, check it out below or on streaming platforms.

Sarah Davachi’s new album Antiphonals comes out on September 10 through Late Music. You can follow the artist on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Bandcamp.