SISKIYOU SHARE A NEW TRACK, “WASTED GENIUS”, TAKEN FROM THEIR UPCOMING ALBUM, NERVOUS, TO BE RELEASED VIA CONSTELLATION RECORDS ON 19TH JANUARY
With the release date for Nervous fast approaching, Siskiyou have let another track from the album out into the world. “Wasted Genius” was premiered yesterday by Consequence of Sound, who describe “an unshakable air of anxiousness and forlorn throughout as Huebert whispers lines like, ‘I am a wasted genius/ I never go down town’. It all leads to one truly frantic bridge, a wellspring of poignant emotions that finds Huebert bemoaning ‘all the stupid shit that people do/ and all the ghosts running around this room.’
LISTEN AND DOWNLOAD: SISKIYOU – “WASTED GENIUS”
About the album, Nervous is a majestic album of carefully constructed art rock built around songwriter and lead singer Colin Huebert’s stacked acoustic guitars and intimate, whispery vocals. Siskiyou’s sound has been previously dubbed a sort of ‘Northern Gothic’, conjuring cold winds and the life-saving warmth of temporary shelters and tiny hearth fires. With Nervous, the band continues to push beyond the crisp lo-fi intimacy of its early work, and has forged its most confident and finely-crafted recording to date, moving fully into auteur and chamber-pop territory with a song cycle that brings to mind the meticulousness of mood and sonics found in recent work by PJ Harvey, Nick Cave and Tindersticks. Inflected by an anxious, sussurant restraint, Huebert’s voice is supported by the falsetto backing vocal counterpoint and economical instrumentation of bandmates Erik Arnesen, Peter Carruthers and Shaunn Watt. Fans of the understated and underrated 1990s group Swell may also hear a welcome evocation of that group’s acoustic guitar-driven simplicity and austere deployment of adornments.
Working with producer/engineer Leon Taheny (Owen Pallett/Final Fantasy, Dusted, Austra) on most of Nervous, Siskiyou has emerged with by far its most assured, ambitious and authoritative recordings, while preserving the economy of elements, deft structures, and assiduous melodic deliberation for which the band has been rightly celebrated over its two previous albums. In charting escape paths from his disquieting cranial confinement, Huebert has very much succeeded in setting his songs out on an expansive canvas, while preserving a palpable sense of nervous interiority and quiet desperation at their heart.
Nervous includes contributions from guest musicians Colin Stetson, Owen Pallett, JP Carter, Ryan Driver and the St. James Music Academy Senior Choir, among others. The album features original artwork by Michael Drebert; the Deluxe LP edition includes a series of 12″x12″ prints of Drebert’s india ink drawings inspired by the album.
Don’t forget you can listen to the album opener “Deserter” https://soundcloud.com/constellation-records/siskiyou-deserter and watch the video for “Violent Motion Pictures” http://vimeo.com/110255450
NERVOUS TRACK LISTING:
2. Bank Accounts and Dollar Bills (Give Peace a Chance)
3. Wasted Genius
4. Violent Motion Pictures
5. Jesus In The 70’s
6. Oval Window
8. Imbecile Thoughts
9. Babylonian Proclivities
10. Falling Down The Stairs