PREMIERE: Spirits and the Melchizedek Children – “Song Bird’s Grave”

Spirits and the Melchizedek Children
Photo by Chad Hess

Psych-gaze conjurers Spirits and the Melchizedek Children have been hard at work on So Happy, It’s Sad, the follow-up LP to their haunting and hypnotic 2011 debut, We Are Here to Save YOU!, and this morning we’re proud to be able to bring you the premiere of the record’s first single, “Song Bird’s Grave.” It’s an elegant slow climber that seems to float out of the mist and fog of the reverbed guitars and into the atmospheric glow of the upturned vocals. Produced and engineered by Benjamin Price at his Studilaroche recording studio in Decatur, the track is vintage SATMC (if something like that can be said about a band with only a single album under their belt) that deftly balances textured shoegaze swells with the downward-spiral feeling of melancholy.

“Song Bird’s Grave” is the first we’ve heard of the group as a newly convened five-piece, and it also features an impressive list of guests including Royal Thunder’s Mel Parsonz on backing vocals and Matt Jarrard (Oryx and Crake, Book Club) on cello. Starting tomorrow, the track will be available as the A-side of a self-released, limited-edition 7″. For its part, the B-side is a remix of the song called “Oscines,” created and recorded by experimental electronic auteur Magicicada. You can catch both acts tomorrow night when SATMC celebrates the release of the new single at the Drunken Unicorn. More details, including the full stream of the 7″, can be found below.

So Happy, It’s Sad is due to be released as a full-length LP/CD in Spring 2014.

Spirits and the Melchizedek Children will celebrate the release of the “Song Bird’s Grave” 7″ tomorrow night, November 9 at the Drunken Unicorn. They will be supported by fellow locals Magicicada and the Purkinje Shift . Doors open at 9pm. $5 gets you in.

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