Courtesy of the good people of Agonia Records, welcome to what is definitely the closest the Deciblog gets to a red carpet event: The Internet premiere of Swedish experimental post-metallers The Moth Gatherer’s video for “Falling Deity”. The track is culled from their forthcoming debut LP, Bright Celestial Light, a dynamic and genre-unspecific album that calls to mind Cult of Luna, Neurosis and Isis at their more reflective, and suchlike. And while it sure feels like a cop-out to label The Moth Gatherer experimental, they themselves admit that the band/project is an experiment, having formed in 2008 just to see what'd happen before getting serious a couple of years later.
Certainly, riffs are rationed in favor of somnambulant atmospheres and frigid melancholy. Co-founder Alex Stjernfeldt says: "We just want our music to be an emotional explosion. A lot of the songs are about death, missing people you loved who have passed away and losing hope in mankind. We want the music to make you feel like you can move mountains with it. I wish that when people hear our music, they start to dream away."
In the case of “Falling Deity”, the clock ticking in the background is surely a nod to Pink Floyd. But the video's treatment is harder to call. It kind of makes us think of Lars von Trier cutting a really weird Sparks video — Stjernfeldt and Victor Wegeborn in shirt and ties, a murder/suicide bathroom scene, a moustache . . . But then, it’s been a long day already.
Anyway, popcorn, Kool-Aid at the ready, no cigarette burns in the red shag pile please. Here is The Moth Gatherer “A Falling Deity” in HD/1080p. Directed and produced by Tommy Pederson.
**The Moth Gatherer Bright Celestial Light is out April 16th . There will be a vinyl edition with alternative artwork, limited to 300 hand-numbered copies. and you can order it from Agonia here. **The Moth Gatherer on Facebook.