Posted on May 20, 2015
Agalloch bassist Jason W. Walton has been creating surreal and otherworldly soundscapes for over twenty years.
In the ’90s he began working under the name Nothing and released four full-length albums and various EPs and singles. He performed live as Nothing in the Midwest and the West Coast before retiring the name in 2003. Since then Walton remained busy with other musical endeavors knowing that a return to ambient noise was imminent.
In the summer of 2013 Walton began the songwriting process again by collecting field recordings from places he would visit. He captured the din of humanity on the downtown Portland streets, the rush of ocean waves in Southern California, and the mysteriously comforting monologues emanating from an AM radio. During mid 2014 Walton manipulated and processed these sounds into disturbingly haunting pieces.
Walton decided to thematically compose these songs around his struggle with sleep paralysis—a phenomenon in which a person, either falling asleep or awakening, temporarily experiences an inability to move, speak, and react. While creating these tracks he deprived himself of sleep and recounted his episodes of sleep paralysis within the two tracks contained in “Mara.” During episodes of sleep paralysis Walton sometimes feels like he has some kind of spiritual connection or “visit” from lost loved ones.
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“Mara” will be released as a 7” black vinyl, housed in a deluxe black arigato sleeve featuring silver debossed artwork. Initial press of 300 copies.
Posted on April 5, 2015
Red Orchard Records is pleased to announce that the first release, “Mara” by Jason W. Walton bassist for Agalloch will hit the store on June 21st. Our internet presale starts May 21st.