An album that was recorded at the end of 2011, and originally intended for release with a label that I don't even think exists now, Night's Drunken Splendour is very much an epilogue to Verdant Acre. I've held off on releasing it until the weather was right, and now the weather is perfect for such an occasion. NDS inhabits an after-dark, alone in the forest of Twin Peaks kind of space. Curious, windy, a little paranoid and fearful even, while still embracing the minimal techno groundwork that underlines the wildly overgrown textures. A mostly seamless listen with tracks either subtly or jarringly transitioning into one another, NDS is a lengthy exploration of those haunted woods I mined so deeply back in 2010 and 2011. I'd even go so far as saying that the title track and the closing track are both pinnacles of the Verdant Acre sound and approach, so hopefully this album is a bit of a surprise for fans of the series. In short, NDS is deep, dark and dense foresty techno for crumbling Autumn weather, for travelers to hold close like a compass as they tumble out drunk and alone into the gaping maw of the woods' shadows on the way home.
released October 7, 2015
W/P by Brian Grainger. Recorded at Botany Bay, Autumn 2011. Mastered by The Analog Botanist. This is Milieu Music number MMD028. Photograph by Brian, 2013.