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Sumac Announce New Album “The Healer” Due 21st June via Thrill Jockey Records & Share New Single “Yellow Dawn”

April 3, 2024
Photo credit: Nate Newton

SUMAC ANNOUNCE RESTORATIVE & CATHARTIC NEW ALBUM

THE HEALER DUE 21ST JUNE ON 2xLP/CD/DL VIA THRILL JOCKEY

LEAD SINGLE “YELLOW DAWN” OUT NOW

PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE ONLINE NOW

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ALSO ANNOUNCED

SUMAC the Northwest-based trio consisting of guitarist/vocalist Aaron Turner, bassist Brian Cook, and drummer Nick Yacyshyn have announced their new album The Healer, out on June 21st on 2xLP/CD and DL. Alongside the album’s announcement, the trio have shared the single “Yellow Dawn,” an epic that churns meditative organ by Faith Coloccia into a glacial stomp that the band obliterates into swirls of airtight riffing and untethered, intoxicating improvisations.

On The Healer, recorded and mixed by Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled CityThriceGreat FallsAutopsy), SUMAC deepens its multi-faceted exploration into the parallel experiences of creation and destruction. Over the course of 4 tracks in 76 minutes, SUMAC presents a sequence of shifting movements which undergo a constant process of expansion, contraction, corruption and regrowth.

This musical methodology reflects the thematic nature of the record – narratives of experiential wounding as gateways to empowerment and evolution, both individual and collective. The group’s interpolation of melody, drone, improvisation, and complex riffing becomes a transmogrifying act embodying the depth of human experience. In its highest aspiration it mirrors our ability to endure mortal and spiritual challenges, through which we may emerge with an increased capacity for understanding, empathy, love of self and others. Dismal though the subterranean pits of The Healer may at first appear, from them can be felt the unwavering determination to embrace life, acknowledge interdependence, and honour the gift of existence.

In support of the release of The Healer, SUMAC will be touring throughout North America, including a set at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival alongside Moor Mother, whom they recently recorded with.

With “Yellow Dawn”, the feedback slowly grows, and initiates the exploration and volatile atmosphere. The feedback and notes have this jaunty movement to them before the percussive elements arrive and start to add to the structure of this vast composition. The track begins with a slower tempo, a more gentle stride before the musicians embark on their heavier traits. The brutal bass tone flings through the landscape and adds this abrasive distinction, the deep vocal notes join and the track shifts to this brooding complexity. As the journey unfolds, the additional tweaks, brutalist textures and alternating time signatures alter the plummeting chaos of this composition. Unpredictable and unruly, perfectly SUMAC.

THE HEALER TRACK LISTING:

1  – WORLD OF LIGHT

2 – YELLOW DAWN

3 – NEW RITES

4 – THE STONE’S TURN

SUMAC TOUR DATES:

Jun. 21 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club (Vancouver International Jazz Fest) ^

Jun. 22 – Seattle, WA – Clock-Out Lounge #

Jun. 23 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios #

Jun. 25 – Chico, CA – Naked Lounge Coffee #

Jun. 26 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill #

Jun. 27 – Oxnard, CA – Mrs. Olson’s #

Jun. 28 – Los Angeles, CA – Zebulon *

Jun. 29 – Los Angeles, CA – 2220 Arts + Archives ~

Jun. 30 – Las Vegas, NV – Backstage Bar & Billiards %

Jul. 1 – Reno, NV – Holland Project %

^ w/ Moor Mother

* w/ White Boy Scream

# w/ White Boy Scream, Grave Infestation

% w/ White Boy Scream, Rile

~ w/ Zachary WatkinsSulphuric Cautery

https://sumac.bandcamp.com/album/the-healer

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