Swooning guitars, found sounds, synthesizer trills, forward
percussion and dream vocals; New Universe [KLP204] is the
second full-length album by Desolation Wilderness. After touring
the country extensively, this album is the labor of a restless
engine; postcards from being constantly on the move.
New Universe alternates between lonely sounds and the
euphoria of freedom and distance – like an empty, foggy beach
in the early morning. These songs have a particular movement,
whether it’s the sun-drenched strut of “Boardwalk Theme” or a
barefoot sandy run on “Venice Beach.” There are themes of
escape and renewal, in leaving behind youth. The world is a vast
and beautiful place, but also dangerous – full of doomed,
overpowering love (“You Hold a Power Over Me”) and
night-walking loners (“San Francisco 2AM”).
Desolation Wilderness meets the listener on the edge of the
ocean, where the horizon meets the water in a perfect line.
Without searching, this New Universe finds you (“No Tomorrow”).
released August 4, 2009
New Universe was recorded at the Dub Narcotic Studio in
Olympia, Washington after returning home.
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